Last year, the Russian Federation committed a terrorist act against Ukrainian prisoners of war, among whom were Azovstal fighters. The military aggressor countries deliberately shelled the prison in Olenivka, where the prisoners were held. Until now, international experts and the Ukrainian side were not present on the territory of the tragedy. However, on July 7, 2023, it was reported that the news about the terrorist attack was updated. Dmytro Lubinets, the commissioner for the parliament's human rights, said that some dead bodies had been returned to Ukraine.
Unfortunately, for many families, the news will be excruciating. According to the statement, DNA tests are now being carried out. Some bodies have already been identified. The deceased, who had been identified, had official status as prisoners of war and had been verified by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Recall that on July 29, 2022, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders who surrendered were burned in a closed room of the colony, where the Russian military held them.
In addition, Lubinets said that Russia is trying to cover up the crime. Ukraine had tried to agree with the Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatiana Moskalkova, and to involve international experts for analysis. Ukraine suggested that Kyiv, some by Moscow, invite some experts.
"They (international experts – ed.) take the same material for examination: ground, metal things, some parts of this room. Then we transparently show what examinations have worked out," said Lubinets.
However, even representatives of the United Nations and the Red Cross were not allowed on the scene. Later, Russia began repairs at the site of the tragedy.