Ukraine: Dozens Killed in Prison Bombing | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Dozens killed in prison bombing | War in Ukraine

Burnt bodies of detainees covered after the shelling of a remand center in the locality of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the prison bombing that killed “more than 50 people” a “deliberate Russian war crime” after Moscow accused Ukrainian forces of responsibility. /p>

Earlier in the day, Mr. Zelensky oversaw an initial shipment of grain, crucial to global food security.

The strike on Olenivka prison, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were held, in separatist territory in eastern Ukraine, is a deliberate Russian war crime, deliberate mass murder, said the Ukrainian head of state.

This attack by the occupiers left more than 50 dead, he added.

Earlier, the Russian army had reported 40 dead and 75 wounded, with pro-Russian separatist authorities in the Donetsk region citing up to 53 dead.

Initially, it was Moscow that implicated kyiv. The Russian Investigative Committee has accused Ukrainian forces of firing into the prison where members of the Azov Battalion are being held, using US projectiles from the Himars system.

The Azov regiment had distinguished itself in the defense of Mariupol. After long weeks of siege and resistance at the Azovstal steelworks, some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to the Russian army in May. Moscow had made it known that they would be imprisoned in Olenivka.

This scandalous provocation aims to scare Ukrainian soldiers and dissuade them from surrendering, assured the Russian ministry of security. Defence.

But Ukraine then quickly denied having targeted civilian infrastructure or prisoners of war, assuring that the army fully adheres to the principles and standards international humanitarian law.

The Ukrainian general staff believed that this was to accuse Ukraine of having committed war crimes and to cover up the torture of prisoners and the executions that were carried out there.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, the attack was carried out by mercenaries from the Wagner Division and was not coordinated with the direction of the Russian Ministry of Defense, then clarified the Ukrainian General Staff.

Russian public television, for its part, broadcast images presented as those of charred barracks and destroyed metal bed frames. She showed blurred images of what appear to be human bodies.

AFP could not verify all of these source statements independent.

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Also on the ground of military operations, at least five people were killed and seven injured in a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in the Mykolaiv region, according to regional governor Vitaly Kim.

He accused Russian forces of shelling the city during the day, when everyone is going about their business.

And at least 8 people, according to the Ukrainian presidency, have died and 19 have been injured in the past 24 hours in the Donetsk region, partly controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists and which Moscow is seeking to conquer in full.

In the Kharkiv region, at least one person was killed and seven others injured.

The Ukrainian army destroyed a station in Brylivka, a village in the occupied Kherson region, where the Ukrainians have launched a counter-offensive to complicate supplies for Russian forces, local MP Serguii Khlan said.

Separately, the life sentence handed down to a Russian soldier in May for killing a civilian in Ukraine was reduced to 15 years in prison on appeal by a kyiv court.

The Sergeant Vadim Chichimarine, 21, had admitted to shooting Oleksandre Chelipov, 62, during the first days of the invasion launched by the Russian army on February 24. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced on May 23 for war crimes and premeditated murder.

Regarding grain blocked in Ukraine since the start of the war, exports could resume in the coming days, according to kyiv.

President Zelensky visited the port on Friday from Chornomorsk, on the Black Sea, to supervise a first loading of grain on a Turkish ship, under the terms of the agreement reached on July 22 with Russia.

We are fully prepared. We have sent all the signals to our partners, to the UN and to Turkey, and our military guarantees that the situation is safe, said Mr. Zelensky. Kyiv is just waiting for a signal from Ankara and the UN, guarantors of the deal, to begin, he stressed.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, 17 ships have already been loaded with grain in Chornomorsk and Odessa, and 10 are ready to leave.

Ukraine, like Russia, is among the world's largest grain exporters. kyiv says it wants to sell some 20 million tonnes for around $10 billion as part of the deal to ease a global food crisis that has seen prices soar in some of the world's poorest countries.

On the diplomatic front, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the world would never recognize Russia's annexation of Ukrainian territory.

During a discussion described as frank and direct, he also urged Moscow to accept Washington's offer for the release of Americans detained in Russia .

In the energy field, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron wanted to intensify cooperation to mitigate the effects in Europe, the Middle East and the world of war in Ukraine, according to the French presidency.

Since the start of the Russian offensive, Western countries have sought to convince Riyadh to open the floodgates in order to to relieve the markets.

Finally the financial rating agency S&P lowered Friday Ukraine's long-term debt rating is down three notches to CC, as it believes that its recently proposed spread of payments by several Western countries amounts to near-certain default.

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