Ukraine blames the attack on mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, transmitted To his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba , his condolences on the death of 50 Ukrainian prisoners in a prison of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and promised What Washington will do. that Moscow be held accountable for their “atrocities”.
The conversation between Blinken and Kuleba took place yesterday, Friday, after the attack on the prison, located in the town of Yelenovka (also known as Olenivka, in Ukrainian), became known, reported the official. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement this Saturday.
During the call, according to Price, Blinken “reaffirmed the United States' commitment to hold Russia accountable for the atrocities that their forces have committed against the people of Ukraine”.
The attack provoked a 40 dead, according to Ukrainian estimates, although both Washington and Moscow The number of prisoners who lost their lives is numbered at 50. Ukraine holds responsiblemercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner. Meanwhile, Russia and the pro-Russian separatists blame kyiv and Washington by claiming that the attack was carried out with HIMARS missiles supplied by the US to the Ukrainian Army.
Ukraine has asked the UN and the Committee Red Cross International(ICRC) to send a mission to Donetsk to investigate the attack. The US State Department limited itself to to hold Russia responsible in his statement and did not go into it. He questioned whether the operation was orchestrated by Wagner.
Blinken also spoke out. yesterday, Friday, by phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in his first contact since the start of the war, and asked him to help him. that he accept his proposal to release the two Americans held in Russia, Brittney Grinner and Paul Whelan.
According to the State Department, Blinken gave Kuleba details of his call with Lavrov and underlined & gué; He spoke of the “unwavering support” of the United States for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. Kuleba expressed his hope that the agreement between Ukraine and Russia would be fulfilled to soon end the blockade of wheat grains that are stored in Ukraine, in order to guarantee the world flow of cereals and avoid famines.