Russia is planning to falsify evidence to frame Ukraine for an attack on a prison housing prisoners of war (POW), White House intelligence suggests.
An administration official told CNN they expect Russia will falsify evidence, blame Ukrainian forces, and even have “reason to believe that Russia would go so far as to make it appear that Ukrainian HIMARS were to blame before journalists arrive.”
This analysis is echoed by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which found: “Russian forces likely set fire to the prison complex holding Ukrainian POWs in occupied Donetsk Oblast but blamed Ukraine for an alleged precision strike using Western-supplied military equipment, likely to deter additional military support to Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) reported it determined the Wagner Group deliberately set fire to the prison complex on July 28.
The report is consistent with the damage observable in Russian-published video of the site.
The footage showed the walls of the building were burned but still standing and did not reveal shell craters or other indicators consistent with an artillery strike.