War in Ukraine. Murder in a prison, talks between Washington and Moscow…

Ukraine and Russia continue to blame each other for the killings that took place in the Olenivka prison, which is located in the Russian-occupied zone. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 50 members of the Ukrainian forces were imprisoned there and died. The Ukrainian President accused Moscow of “a deliberate Russian war crime”.

The prison was hit on Friday July 29, 2022 by missile fire, the origin of which is unclear.

“Today I received information about the attack of the invaders in Olenivka, in the Donetsk region. This is a deliberate war crime in Russia, a deliberate mass killing of prisoners of war in Ukraine”wrote President Zelensky in his daily message.

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Ukrainian President of the Port of Odessa | UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

The European body condemned Russia, in a press release on Friday, July 29. The head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, raised “serious cracks in the Geneva Convention”.

The European Union also blasted Russia after the Olenivka bombing, in a statement released on Friday. It was written there, specifically

“Evidence in the form of horrific video footage was widely shared on pro-Kremlin social media today, in which Russian soldiers committed a horrific atrocity against a Ukrainian POW. The European Union condemned in the strongest possible terms terms the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces and their proxies. »

The European body also recalls that these acts of barbarism are violations of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols and constitute war crimes.

Washington-Moscow Telephone Interview

For the first time since February 15, Anthony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov, heads of diplomacy of the United States and Russia, spoke on the phone. The US official accused Russia of preparing “Rigged referendums” to try to “perjury” that the people living in these territories of Ukraine “try to be part of Russia”.

For its part, Russian diplomacy shows that the two ministers have “exchanged their opinions on the problem of bilateral relations that should be normalized “. Sergei Lavrov also criticized the continued supply of American and NATO weapons to the armed forces of Ukraine.

American basketball player Brittney Griner and former American soldier Paul Whelan are still detained in Russia. Anthony Blinken did not specify the reaction of his Russian counterpart, but indicated that an offer was made to release the two American prisoners.

Continuous bombing

On the ground, at least five people were killed and seven injured in a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine, according to regional governor Vitaly Kim.

According to the Ukrainian presidency, about eight people were killed and 19 wounded in the last 24 hours in the Donetsk region, which has been controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists and which Moscow is trying to conquer completely. .

In the Kharkiv region (north-east), at least one person was killed and seven were injured. Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, was hit by Russian bombing on Friday morning, according to the city’s mayor. , Ihor Terekhov.

Grain exports

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov announced early Friday that ten boats were loaded and ready to leave the ports of Odessa and Chornomorsk as soon as the green light was given.

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