Explosion Kills Ukrainian POWs Held by Russian-Backed Forces

KYIV, Ukraine—An explosion at a detention camp in Russian-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday night killed numerous Ukrainian prisoners of war, according to Ukrainian and Russian authorities, who blamed each other for the attack.

Ukraine’s General Staff accused Russia of striking the facility in Olenivka, a town in the Donetsk region controlled by Russian forces, and killing Ukrainian prisoners it had taken, “to hide the torture of prisoners and executions committed there.” The General Staff said that Ukraine’s armed forces hadn’t launched any rocket or artillery strikes in the Olenivka area that night and that they use high-precision Western weapons such as Himars only against Russian military targets.