UN chief launches ‘fact-finding’ mission on Ukraine bombing world News

Kyiv and Moscow have traded blame for the attacks on the Kremlin-controlled Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine.

The UN Secretary-General announced on Wednesday that he would launch a fact-finding mission to uncover the “truth” about a prison where dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in a bombing last week.

Kyiv and Moscow have traded blame for the attacks on the Kremlin-controlled Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine.

“We have received a request from the Russian Federation and a request from Ukraine for an investigation,” Antonio Guterres told a news conference.

“I decided to the best of my ability and powers to undertake a fact-finding mission,” he said, noting that he did not have the authority to conduct a criminal investigation.

He added that the exact terms of the mission are still being worked out, and that Russia and Ukraine are expected to reach an agreement on them.

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“We hope to have access to all the data needed to be able to articulate the truth about what happened and have all the facilities on both sides to get all the data,” Guterres said. To join the mission team.

More than 50 people were killed in the prison attack.

Moscow said among those killed were Ukrainian forces who laid down their arms after weeks of fighting Russia’s brutal bombing of the giant Azovstal steel works in Mariupol.

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Russia’s defense ministry alleged that the attacks were carried out by Ukraine with US-supplied long-range missiles in “serious provocation” designed to prevent troops from surrendering.

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But Kyiv has blamed Russia entirely, with President Volodymyr Zelensky calling it “a deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war”.

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