UN is unable to confirm presence of Ukrainian prisoners on board

United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Rosemary DiCarlo

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# 26 January 2024 09:10 (UTC +04:00)

The United Nations (UN) cannot determine whether Ukrainian prisoners of war were on board the downed Il-76 plane in the Belgorod region,United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Rosemary DiCarlo, made this statement during a meeting of the UN Security Council on January 25, APA reports citing RBС-Ukraine.

She reminded that according to the Russian authorities, there were 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war, six Russian crew members, and three Russian military personnel on board the plane. She added that according to Kyiv, the aircraft could have been carrying missiles for the Russian military system.

DiCarlo reiterated that Ukraine has called for an international investigation into the incident.

"The United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports or the circumstances of the crash. What is clear is that the incident took place in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ongoing war," said the Under-Secretary-General of the UN.

According to DiCarlo, in recent weeks, the scale and intensity of attacks on Ukraine have increased, indicating a dangerous trajectory of the war. She expressed concern about missile strikes and shelling in civilian areas, leading to the death and injury of civilians, as well as the destruction of critically important infrastructure.

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