Russia aims to fabricate evidence in killing of POWs, U.S. and Ukraine warn
Russia is working to fabricate evidence and frame Ukraine for an attack that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war, U.S. and Ukrainian officials said.
KYIV, Ukraine — Russia is working to fabricate evidence and frame Ukraine for an attack that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war, U.S. and Ukrainian officials told NBC News Thursday.
Describing recently declassified intelligence, a U.S. official said the United States expects Russian officials to falsify intelligence about the July 29 attack on the prison camp in Olenivka, which Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region said killed 53 and injured 75.
Ahead of likely future visits by international investigators and journalists to the attack site, the official said, “We have reason to believe that Russia would go so far as to make it appear that Ukrainian HIMARS were to blame.” HIMARS refers to High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, advanced medium-range rocket launchers, which the U.S. recently provided to Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said Ukraine had exchanged intelligence information with other nations corroborating Russian plans to frame Ukraine for the attack.
“There was no artillery strike from any area. It was an internal detonation inside one building where our prisoners of war were moved,” Podolyak told NBC News in an interview at the presidential office in Kyiv. “Russia made this terrible cover-up to hide its war crimes.”