Friendly HIMARS missile strike killed 40 Ukrainian prisoners – Russia
MOSCOW ($1=61.23 Russian Rubles) — Russia has accused the Ukrainian army of killing dozens of prisoners in an attack on a prison in the pro-Russian separatist-controlled Donetsk region. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow reported that 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 others wounded in the shelling. The attack was carried out using one of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems [HIMARS] that Ukraine received from the United States. There is no official statement on the accusations from the Ukrainian side.
“This gross provocation was carried out to intimidate Ukrainian servicemen and prevent their surrender,” the MoD of the Russian Federation said in a statement.
Ukrainian soldiers were captured during the fierce fighting for the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian fighters have been hiding for months in the city’s huge Azovstal metallurgical plant. The Ministry of Defense added that a large number of Ukrainian servicemen are currently voluntarily laying down their arms.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the Ukrainian military base where ammunition for HIMARS and M777 howitzers were stored in the village of Bogdanovtsi.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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