The department claims that 48 people died due to the impact, and two more soldiers died on the way to the hospital. A total of 50 people died, the youngest of them recently turned 21, there are three people born in 2001 on the list.
Despite the fact that Russia continues to claim that the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired at the colony from the Western MLRS HIMARS, every day there are facts that testify against the Russian version. The consequences of the explosion in the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka are not typical for the work of HIMARS, the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believes . Analysts studied the video from the RIA Novosti propaganda agency and concluded that the fire damage shown there could not have been caused by the HIMARS strike. The agency also showed rocket fragments, but did not provide any evidence that they were found in Yelenovka. Available video evidence supports the Ukrainian claim more than the Russian one, the ISW said.
Earlier, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU condemns the "atrocities" of the Russian Armed Forces in the form of torturing prisoners of war and shelling the colony in Yelenovka.
On July 29, the authorities of the “DPR” reported that Ukraine had hit a prison in Yelenovka in the Donetsk region, where Ukrainian prisoners were kept, as a result, 53 people were killed and another 130 were injured. The Armed Forces of Ukraine claim that the strike was carried out by the Russian military in order to accuse Ukraine of war crimes and to hide the torture and execution of Ukrainian prisoners. The Insider wrote that the propagandists reported on the preparation of a "provocation" as early as June. Volunteer from Mariupol Vitaly Sitnikov, who himself spent more than three months in prison in Yelenovka, said that no prisoners were kept in the industrial zone where the shells hit. The industrial zone was empty almost until the shelling, but a few days before that, hangars were set up there and the Azov fighters were placed in them, which, as it turned out, no one was going to exchange. He also reported about the constant torture in the colony and the fighter who committed suicide because of this.