Russia allegedly refused to take back the corpses of its troops as they piled up in the refrigerated carriages of trains inside Ukraine
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Vladimir Putin is said to have threatened Russian widows and mothers to prevent them from taking the bodies of soldiers who died during the invasion of Ukraine.
Putin’s forces have suffered heavy losses in the 86 days of fighting since the invasion began.
Tens of thousands of Russians are believed to have died fighting in Ukraine.
The adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Vadym Denysenko, said Russian families had not collected the bodies of their dead loved ones out of “fear” of the authorities.
He said that Putin’s government was “threatening the relatives of the dead and missing”.
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They are said to have told grieving families that they would not receive state compensation for the deaths of their loved ones if they took the bodies from Ukrainian authorities.
This, Denysenko said, “prevents mothers, wives, children from going to Ukrainian territory and carrying the bodies of the dead”.
“This is probably also the first case in human history when the wives, mothers and children of Russian servicemen, choosing between possible compensation and fear of the Russian authorities and the chance of burial. their children or husbands, choose the ex.”
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With that, he claimed that Russia refused to take back any of the dead, with bodies piled up in Ukraine.
Vadym added: “We can only say that this is probably the first war in human history when a country refused to accept the bodies of the dead.”
The Russian bodies that Ukraine recovered from the battlefield were kept in refrigerated carriages.
But it is suspected that Putin is in no hurry to let them return home because the flood of corpses would highlight the actual death toll of the war.
“We call on the mothers, relatives and friends of the soldiers who died on the territory of Ukraine to come, identify and collect the bodies of their loved ones,” Vadym said.
Ukraine also highlights how it has search teams that collect the bodies of Russian invaders and, if possible, identify and tag them.
In a report, Army Inform, the information agency of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said: “We have received information about such burials and simply abandoned bodies in burial sites. launched from the Kharkiv region mainly from our army”.
Information about the dead Russian soldiers left behind by their commanders often comes from local residents who survived the occupation.
“After discovering that several graves of Russian servicemen were destroyed, we only transferred their remains to refrigerated wagons after a certain period of time,” the report said.
There have been reports of Russian commanders shooting dead the wounded, instead of sending them away for medical help.
This comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nears the end of its third month of fighting, since it began on February 24.
Estimates vary, with Ukraine claiming Moscow lost more than 24,000 troops, but most estimates but the upper part of the Kremlin lost around 20,000 dead.
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