Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the prison attack was a “deliberate war crime by the Russians,” while Russia accuses Ukraine

Meanwhile, Russia blamed Ukraine for the attack.

CNN has not been able to independently verify either side’s claims.

“The attack by the occupiers on Olinevka is a deliberate war crime by the Russians, the deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Zelensky said in a statement.

“There should be clear legal recognition of Russia as a terrorist state. Russia has proven with many terrorist attacks that it is the largest source of terrorism in the world today,” the Ukrainian president added.

The video, which was broadcast on Russian networks and shared on social media channels in Donetsk, shows extensive destruction of a building and several bodies. CNN was able to geolocate the strike in an industrial area two miles outside the frontline town of Olenivka.

The Ukrainian military said that the explosion occurred in the area of ​​​​the industrial zone, in a newly constructed building specially equipped for holding prisoners released from Azovstal.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has launched an investigation into the Olinevka strike. It said in a statement that preliminary data before the trial showed that “the occupying country bombed the territory of the penal colony No. 120 in the temporarily occupied village of Olenivka in the Volnovka region of the Donetsk region.”

The Ukrainian General Staff said in a statement that “the Ukrainian armed forces did not launch missile and artillery strikes in the area of ​​the settlement of Olenivka” and accused the Russian forces of carrying out “artillery shelling of a correctional institution in the settlement of Olenivka Donetsk oblast, where Ukrainian prisoners were also held.”

The General Staff statement said that the armed forces “have never conducted or bombed civilian infrastructure, especially places where fellow combatants are likely to remain as prisoners of war.”

“The Russian occupiers sought to achieve their criminal goals – accusing Ukraine of ‘war crimes’, as well as concealing the torture of prisoners and executions,” the General Staff said.

“The alleged bombing of civilian infrastructure and population by the armed forces of Ukraine are outright lies and provocations, for which Russia bears responsibility.”

The Russian Defense Ministry said, in a statement, that “the Kyiv regime deliberately carried out a bloody provocation” and claimed that “40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded. In addition, eight employees of the isolation department were wounded of varying severity.”

“The pre-trial detention center in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Yelinovka (Olenivka), which houses Ukrainian prisoners of war, including militants of the Azov formation, was attacked by a missile launcher from the US HIMARS missile launcher . . . ”

The Russian Defense Ministry reiterated allegations made earlier by the authorities in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, a separatist-controlled region in eastern Ukraine. The ministry claimed that “this outrageous provocation was aimed at intimidating Ukrainian soldiers and preventing them from capturing them.”

The seven survivors who were brought to his facility for treatment are in critical condition, the chief surgeon on duty at Central City Clinical Hospital No. 16 in Donetsk, Mikhail Yurenko, said Mikhail Yurenko.

“An ambulance transported seven prisoners of war of the Ukrainian army with various injuries. All patients received joint surgical care,” Yuryenko said in a press conference broadcast on social media.

“Patients are currently in the intensive care unit.”

Ukraine blames mercenary group

Ukrainian intelligence said the explosion was carried out by the Russian mercenary group Wagner and was not coordinated with the Russian Defense Ministry. CNN cannot independently verify these accusations.

“According to available information, (the bombings) were carried out by mercenaries from the Wagner (League) PMC under the personal command of the nominal owner of the designated PMC – Evgeniy Prigozhin, Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday. The terrorist was not coordinated with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.”

Ukrainian intelligence says the attack was carried out to cover up the misappropriation of funds earmarked for keeping prisoners of war and to stir up social tension in Ukraine.

“Given the great public interest in the fate of the heroes of Azovstal, according to the authors of the scenario of the terrorist attack, the killing of the defenders should lead to an increase in social tension in Ukraine,” the statement read.

The head of Ukrainian Defense Intelligence called on the international community to put pressure on Russia.

“To find out the real conditions of the terrorist attack and to prevent its recurrence in the future, I call on all international institutions to show a hard line in relation to the events that occurred in Olinevka,” said the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence in Olinevka. Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Kirillo Budano.

A group working on behalf of Ukrainian soldiers held as prisoners of war published on Friday “With great sadness we had to confirm the information regarding the attack on the penal colony in Olenivka, where the soldiers of the” Azov “regiment are being held. POW.”

“We are finding out the names of the dead and injured through our own channels. The International Committee of the Red Cross has also gone to the place,” the group, known as the Angels of Azov, said on Telegram.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, whose representatives have visited prisoners before, did not comment.

CNN’s Kara Fox, Kostan Nechiporenko, and Muhammed Tawfik contributed to this report.

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