UN weighs conditions for probe into Donetsk prison attack

This handout satellite image courtesy of Maxar Technologies taken and released on July 30, 2022 shows the Olenivka prison in the Donetsk region of Ukraine where more than 50 people reportedly died following an attack and explosion at the prison the previous day. (SATELLITE IMAGE ©2022 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations is weighing conditions for a possible investigation into the shelling of a prison in Donetsk, Ukraine, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

With respect to the recent tragedy of the prison in Olenivka, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received requests from both Ukraine and Russia to conduct an investigation, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres.

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"We are considering whether the conditions are in place that would make it possible for the UN to carry out such investigation," he said at a daily press briefing.

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The attack on the prison in Olenivka on Friday reportedly left dozens of prisoners of war dead. Ukraine and Russia accused each other of carrying out the attack.