Analysts have studied prison footage released by a Kremlin-backed news agency and claim that the damage seen there could not have been caused by a HIMARS strike.
The consequences of the explosion in the Yelenovka POW camp, where Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov regiment died in captivity, are not typical for the operation of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. This is the conclusion reached by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in a new report published on its official website.
Analysts have examined video footage of the prison released by the Kremlin-backed RIA Novosti news agency and argue that the damage seen there could not have been caused by the HIMARS strike. Russian media also showed fragments of missiles from this system, but did not provide any evidence that they were found in Yelenovka.
“Ukraine and Russia * blame each other for the attack, and the visual evidence available seems to be support the Ukrainian claim rather than the Russian one, but at this stage, the ISW cannot independently assess the nature of the attack or the party responsible for it,” the institute stressed.