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Russia is trying to fabricate evidence as part of an investigation into an attack on a prison in Ukraine last month that left 53 dead and 75 injured, according to a report.
US intelligence officials determined that Russia was trying to shift responsibility for the attack by producing false evidence suggesting Ukrainian forces were responsible for the July 29 attack on Olenivka prison, a US official said. at the Associated Press.
The prison is located in Donetsk, a region in eastern Ukraine ruled by separatists and occupied by Russia. Both countries claimed that the other was responsible for the attack.
The unidentified official said the intelligence report on the prison shows that Russia intends to file evidence suggesting that Ukraine was responsible, including ammunition from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems at medium range supplied by the United States, or HIMARS.
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Moscow claimed the Ukrainian military used US-supplied rockets on the prison, while Ukraine claimed Russia used “false flag” tactics to burn down the prison and then blame them.
The Ukrainian military later denied firing rockets or artillery at the prison.
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Ukrainian intelligence officials claimed to have evidence that Kremlin-backed separatists colluded with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency to the KGB, to attack the prison.
Prisoners in Olenivka prison included Ukrainian prisoners of war who survived the Russian siege of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Ukrainian soldiers forced to surrender and captured by Russia are often imprisoned in Russian-controlled systems.
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The US intelligence report comes as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a fact-finding mission to investigate the killings at the prison. The inquiry came after Russia and Ukraine asked the UN to investigate the July 29 attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.