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Ombudsman: UN mission has not yet been to Olenivka to investigate POW killing

Representatives of the organization appealed to Russia and are waiting for permission to visit.

Ombudsman: UN mission has not yet been to Olenivka to investigate POW killing
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The UN monitoring mission, which was supposed to investigate the terrorist attack in the colony in Olenivka, Donetsk Region, has not visited Ukraine yet, the Ukrainian parliament's commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, was quoted as saying by RBC-Ukraine.

He noted that Russia did not give him permission to visit Olenivka. At the same time, Russian ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova said any inquiries should rather be addressed to the "ombudsman" of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic.

"Unfortunately, we have not seen an ad hoc UN monitoring mission either, which was established by the decision of the UN Secretary General Mr. Guterres. He created the mission and stated that it would quickly arrive in Olenivka and conduct an investigation," Lubinets said.

He also analysed the composition of the mission and passed the results to the UN. He noted that all three foreigners "are already under the influence of the Russian Federation".

"I do not know if the UN liked my analysis, but now, in my opinion, they are doing the process for the sake of the process. They emphasize that they had applied to the Russian Federation and are waiting for permission to come there. All sane people understand that Russia has long removed all evidence of that war crime. We cannot call it otherwise," he explained.

He noted that based on the analysis of photo and video materials, Ukrainian and international experts agreed that the terrorist attack in Olenivka was carried out by Russia.

On 28 July, Russians killed about 40 and wounded about 130 Ukrainian prisoners of war to hide their abuse in the Olenivka colony but made it look like an attack.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces' General Staff said that Russia had deliberately struck the colony. Later it became known that the occupiers had planned the shelling of the colony in Olenivka in advance.

On 18 September, the colony in Olenivka came under fire again. One prisoner of war was reported killed and four wounded. The day before it became known that the colony improved living conditions for prisoners of war on the eve of a possible visit by the UN mission.

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