Former prisoners at Ukraine jail cast doubt on Moscow’s account of deadly explosion

Even before the deadly blast that killed at least 53 Ukrainian soldiers last week, the Olenivka prison in the country’s separatist-controlled eastern Donetsk province was known to human rights groups as a lawless place where pro-Russian forces hold civilians flagged as potential enemy “collaborators” and military prisoners of war.

ocated just a few kilometres from the war’s front line, it has served as a detention facility for several thousand people brought from Mariupol after Russia captured that southern Ukrainian port city in May following a brutal and protracted siege.

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