Russia claims 40 Ukrainian POWs were killed in strike with US HIMARS, Ukraine announces ‘cruel execution’

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Ministry of Defense of Russia On Friday, it was said that at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed after US-supplied highly mobile artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) were used by the Ukrainian armed forces to strike occupied territory in Donbas and ended up in a Russian detention center.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied the allegations and told Fox News Digital that it was likely a “brutal execution of prisoners of war.”

The official said they have “99 percent certainty that this was a Russian attack.”

In this May 23, 2011 file photo, a launcher fires Lockheed Martin's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a combat exercise in the high desert training center of Yakima, Washington.

In this May 23, 2011 file photo, a launcher fires Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a combat exercise in the high desert training center of Yakima, Washington.
(Tony Overman/Olympian via AP)

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Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is still gathering information about the incident, and the official was unable to verify the number of captured Ukrainian soldiers killed or wounded in the strike.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that about 75 Ukrainian soldiers were also injured in a rocket attack on “a pre-trial detention center near the village of Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war, including fighters from the Azov Battalion, are being held.” carried out.”

It is alleged that eight employees of the pre-trial detention center received “injuries of varying severity.”

In this photo, taken from a video released by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Ukrainian soldiers stand opposite a Russian soldier after they left the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.

In this photo, taken from a video released by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Ukrainian soldiers stand opposite a Russian soldier after they left the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
(Press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense via AP)

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Pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushilin reportedly told Interfax that the detention center is located in the front-line town of Olenovka and holds more than 190 detainees.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces released a statement stating that Russia targeted the detention center with the intent to cover up “the torture of prisoners and the executions that took place there” and spread propaganda accusing “Ukraine of committing ‘war crimes'”.

In this photo provided by the press office of the Azov Spetsnaz Regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine, a member of the Azov Spetsnaz Regiment, who was wounded while fighting Russian troops, poses for a photograph at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10 .  2022.

In this photo provided by the press office of the Azov Spetsnaz Regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine, a member of the Azov Spetsnaz Regiment, who was wounded while fighting Russian troops, poses for a photograph at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10 . 2022.
(Dmytro “Orest” Kozatsky/Special Forces Regiment “Azov” Press Service of the National Guard of Ukraine via AP)

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“According to the Commander of the Rocket Forces and Artillery of the Command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not carry out rocket and artillery strikes in the area of ​​the Olenovka settlement,” the report says.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that thanks to precision weapons provided by Western allies, Ukrainian artillery is capable of delivering “exceptionally accurate strikes.”