Ukrainian diplomacy has put the international community on notice of the actions of Russian troops in occupied Olenivtsi, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced at an evening meeting.
He noted that he had heard an interrogation about the explosions in the colony, which, according to his data, resulted in the death of about 50 Ukrainian soldiers. Zelensky called it a “conspicuous Russian military evil”.
“Any occupant who brutalizes Ukrainians, who coils, who murders, must know that there will be payment for it. Even if any of the Russian killers think that they will not be held accountable or that they will somehow get away with it, they should know that they will be held accountable in any case. Geography, time, cordons, walls do not stop fair pay,” he said.
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The president pointed out that Azovstal’s occupants were leaving the plant for the mediation of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Chervony Khrest, who served as guarantors of their lives and health. He supported the appeal of the Ukrainian power structures and the ombudsman to these organizations for their support.
“Russia has led with numerous terrorist attacks that it is the greatest source of terrorism in the world today. This is a fact. Ukrainian diplomacy took the information about the Russian strike on Olenivtsi to the highest international level. The UN has been informed by the United Nations. All participants in international relations will know what really happened. Russia will not succeed in deceiving anyone,” he said.
Zelensky added that the Russian “terror” is aimed at undermining the steadiness of Ukraine in the middle.
“Russia can’t do anything to us on the battlefield. Our defenders are very strong. We must be just as tough as you and me. Our emotions, our collective will to fight must be strong until our victory. No matter what the occupants do, no matter how they try to break our spirit, we must stand firm, be mobilized and fully focused on what is necessary for our victory,” the head of state urged.
He also repeated his plea to the world, including the United States, to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.
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The General Staff of the ZSU said that the Russian forces carried out a “decent and peaceful” artillery shelling of the law enforcement unit in Olenivka, Donetsk region, and in doing so they decided to shift the blame to the Ukrainian soldiers.
The militants of the Russia-backed DPR militia claim on their resources that 53 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 130 wounded as a result of the shelling of the column in Olenivtsi. The militants blamed the attack on the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
There is a column in Olenivtsi, where, in particular, Ukrainian soldiers taken as prisoners of war in Mariupol in August of this year are being held.