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Ukraine prepares to send bodies of dead Russian soldiers home


Ukrainian troops prepare to send the bodies of dead Russian soldiers back across the border. The authorities claim to act in accordance with international law.

The soldiers’ remains were moved to a facility outside kyiv before being loaded onto refrigerated trains awaiting transfer.

The head of Ukraine’s department of civil-military cooperation said that even though these transfers were part of international protocol, the Kremlin had not requested the return of the bodies.

“Several hundred bodies of the (Russian) occupiers are kept here. There are several stocks of such trains on the territory of Ukraine. They will be kept here until a decision is made at the interstate level to transfer these bodies. The Ukrainian side is ready to hand them over tomorrow or even today. However, so far there has been no call from the Russian side to receive these bodies,” said Colonel Volodymyr Lyamzin of the Ukrainian army.

Moscow has reportedly ignored repeated offers to return the dead, while Ukrainian officials say Russia is more keen to cover the scale of the losses and is ready to give up its troops.

The Kremlin claims it always collects its dead. However, he did not give figures since late March, when Moscow said 1,351 Russian troops had been killed and 3,825 wounded since the invasion.

According to Western estimates, the Russian army suffered more casualties in Ukraine in two and a half months than Soviet forces in Afghanistan during a decade of Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

On Friday, the Ukrainian military put the Russian death toll at around 26,900. The figure cannot be confirmed.

euronews Gt

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