The UN is creating a mission that will study the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, and is counting on cooperation between Russia and Ukraine. This was announced on August 3 by the Secretary General of the organization António Guterres.
“I have decided, within my competence and authority, to create a fact-finding mission. I have no right to conduct a criminal investigation. At the moment, the conditions for the work of this mission are being developed, and the governments of the Russian Federation and Ukraine will be informed about them,” quotes Guterres RIA Novosti.
The UN Secretary General noted that now the international organization is looking for competent and independent people who could join the mission. Guterres expressed his hope that all parties will provide access to the facilities and provide specialists with the information needed to establish the truth. Courtney Rumsey will coordinate the operation.
A blow to the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka was applied from the American MLRS HIMARS July 29. According to the latest data, 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed, and 73 more were injured. According to the statements of the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, the shelling was deliberate, it allegedly happened due to the fact that the prisoners began to testify. The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia is calling on experts from the UN and the ICRC to investigate. The UN noted that they received such requests from both sides.