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Russia Invites UN, Red Cross To Probe Jail Deaths Of Ukrainian Prisoners

Russia Invites UN, Red Cross To Probe Jail Deaths Of Ukrainian Prisoners

The Russia-backed separatists have accused Ukraine of hitting prisons with rockets. (File)

Russia has invited experts from the United Nations and the Red Cross to probe the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners in a jail held by Moscow-backed separatists, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said it was acting “in the interests of conducting an objective investigation” into what it called an attack on the jail earlier in the week.

The separatists put the total death count¬†at 53 and accused Kyiv of hitting the prison with rockets. Ukraine’s armed forces denied responsibility, saying Russian artillery had targeted the prison to hide the mistreatment of those held there.

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