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UN Secretary-General decides to launch mission for establishing facts of tragedy in Olenivka

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KYIV. Aug 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he decided to launch a mission to establish the facts of the tragedy in occupied Olenivka.

The investigation into the tragedy, which happened on July 29 at the facility where prisoners of war were kept in Olenivka, was discussed during a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday.

Guterres stressed that what happened is unacceptable, adding that all prisoners of war must be protected in line with the international humanitarian law.

He also said that he has decided to launch a mission to establish the facts of the tragedy in Olenivka. Ukraine and Russia have been informed about the conditions of starting the mission, Guterres said.

He also noted that the mission will be headed by General Carlos dos Santos Cruz from Brazil.

Guterres said he decided to conduct a mission to identify and establish the facts of the tragedy in Olenivka. The conditions for this mission were communicated to Ukraine and Russia. In addition to the conditions, the composition of the group that will be involved in the implementation of the investigation was noted. Guterres aims to appoint at the head of the group of General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz from Brazil.

According to him, this is a very attentive officer who has more than 40 years of military service, he worked in the field of national, international and public security, and also headed one of the peacekeeping operations.

Speaking about the forthcoming work of the mission, the UN Secretary General said its participants should have safe and guaranteed access to places of detention.

In addition, according to Guterres, employees of the International Mission of the Red Cross should also have access to Olenivka.