Polyansky called on the UN to assess the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka

Polyansky: The UN should evaluate the strike on Yelenovka and “not hide” from condemnation

Moscow handed over to the UN Secretary General António Guterres its data on the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in the village of Yelenovka in the DPR, which killed dozens of people. Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative of Russia to the UN, announced this on Telegram.

«We condemned the attempts of the Kyiv regime to shift the blame for this crime on Russia»,— he declared. Diplomats called on the UN to assess what happened and said that the Russian Investigative Committee had launched an investigation. On his Twitter, Polyansky wrote that “the UN should not hide from condemnation”; attacks.

“Let's wait for the reaction of the UN Secretary General”,— Polyansky added.

The pre-trial detention center held Ukrainian prisoners of war, including Azov fighters. (its symbolism is recognized as extremist in Russia and is prohibited). The authorities of the DPR reported a strike on the prison building on the morning of July 29. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the attack was carried out with the help of the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system.

Russian authorities claim that Ukraine is behind the shelling. Kyiv denies this and emphasizes that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not strike at the pre-trial detention center building. The Ukrainian authorities demanded that representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) be sent to Yelenovka. Russia has invited experts from these organizations to join the investigation. Earlier, the UN expressed readiness for this.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, 50 prisoners of war were killed and 73 others were injured as a result of the attack.

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