ICRC doesn’t react to killing of Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka by russians – president’s office

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The International Committee of the Red Cross does not react to the killing of Ukrainian prisoners of war by the russian Federation in the temporarily captured Olenivka, Donetsk region, Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, was cited as saying.

According to Podolyak, the ICRC, which acts as a mediator in all armed conflicts and must ensure compliance with international conventions, does not react to russia’s killing of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the occupied Olenivka in the Donetsk region.

“We know how russia treats Ukrainian prisoners – they starve them, do not provide medical aid. Unfortunately, we cannot influence this, because no one will allow us to do so. But this is what international organizations are for. They must demand access to the prisoners of war. They should sound the alarm that russia is torturing, raping and killing. But these organizations remain passive, they remain silent. The Red Cross is no exception,” said the Advisor to the Head of the President’s Office.

In his opinion, in the occupied Olenivka, the russians wanted to hide the traces of torture to which the “Azov” warriors were subjected. And by accusing Ukraine of shelling the colony, the russians sought to undermine trust in Ukraine and show that they are not the only ones violating international conventions.

“We know that there was no missile fire or artillery fire there. The explosion occurred inside the building. Two days before that, prisoners of war were settled there. Out of several thousand people in the colony, they were the only ones affected. It was a deliberate execution,” said Mykhailo Podolyak.

“Terror is russia’s military strategy. Videos of torture and ill-treatment towards Ukrainian military personnel are constantly posted on social networks. The russians are firing at the neighborhoods of our cities. Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kyiv… They want to cause panic,” he added.

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