Bodies of Putin’s fallen troops are loaded into refrigerated carriages in Ukraine
A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin’s fallen troops has been filmed in Ukraine, with gold allegedly stolen from civilians found in its pockets.
The Ukrainian military gave journalists access to the carriage near kyiv, with a colonel telling reporters that Moscow has refused to claim its own dead.
Video inside the train showed a pile of bodies in white body bags stacked at one end of the car. Morgue workers showed reporters that they had found gold in the soldiers’ pockets, likely stolen from Ukrainian civilians.
One of the morgue workers held up two military badges to the camera and said they showed that one of the soldiers killed had been an “elite paratrooper”.
kyiv says more than 25,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the Russian president ordered his troops into Ukraine on February 24. The Kremlin has only acknowledged about 1,300 deaths.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian Army Colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train “will be kept as long as necessary”, saying kyiv intends to treat Russian dead better than Ukrainian civilians. .
A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin’s fallen troops has been filmed in Ukraine. Pictured: A morgue worker zips up a body bag inside the train car.
Morgue workers showed journalists that they had found gold in the soldiers’ pockets, probably stolen from Ukrainian civilians.
‘The [Ukrainian] the government will decide [what to do with the bodies] because the Russians refuse to accept them,’ he said. Each body is proof of a war crime.
Ukrainian morgue workers showed Al Jazeera reporters gold jewelry found on Russian bodies. It is believed that it was looted by soldiers from Ukrainian civilians. In the small treasure could be seen necklaces and gold rings.
Looting in Ukraine by Putin’s soldiers has been well documented, while prosecutors, both Ukrainian and international, are investigating hundreds of other possible war crimes by Russian soldiers, including mass murder, torture and rape.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass.” Today marks day 77 of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 10, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to about 26,000 troops, according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost thousands of military vehicles, including 1,170 tanks, 2,808 armored fighting vehicles, 519 artillery systems, 185 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 fighter jets, 158 helicopters, 1,980 motor vehicles, 10 fuel tankers, 12 ships, 380 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 special equipment units and 94 cruise missiles.
Pictured: Dozens of body bags containing the corpses of slain Russian soldiers were shown inside the refrigerated train near kyiv.
In the picture: the exterior of the train is seen in the pictures. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian Army Colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train “will be kept as long as necessary”, saying that kyiv intends to treat the Russian dead better than they treated the Russian dead. Ukrainian civilians.
This week, Vladimir Putin addressed a huge military parade in Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate Nazi Germany’s defeat at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian president used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the homeland.” He also said that the ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine was necessary and provoked by the West.
Putin has long bristled at NATO’s push east toward the former Soviet republics. Ukraine and its Western allies have denied the country poses a threat and say Putin’s invasion was unprovoked.
The Russian strongman has also claimed that his forces are there to ‘de-Nazify’ Ukraine, even though Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish and the far right enjoys little support in the country.
Analysts believe the Russian troops expected to be welcomed with open arms when they entered the country, but were met with stiff resistance instead.
It has been widely reported that Putin expected his forces to rapidly advance across Ukraine and topple the country’s elected government within days.
Instead, his forces have been embroiled in a protracted conflict, which shows no signs of abating. Ukraine is being supplied by its Western allies, and intelligence updates have suggested that Moscow’s armies are running short of equipment.
Pictured: A view shows the destroyed facilities of the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 11, 2022
After unexpectedly fierce resistance forced the Kremlin to abandon its attempt to storm kyiv more than a month ago, Moscow’s forces have focused on capturing Donbas, Ukraine’s eastern industrial region.
But the fight there has been back and forth, town by town.
Putin appeared to be preparing for a long conflict, and a Russian victory in Donbas may not end the war, US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Tuesday.
In the recaptured villages of Staryi Saltiv and Vilkhivka near Kharkiv, the Ukrainian military collected the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in the fighting, according to Reuters witnesses.
Residents found the bodies of 44 civilians under the rubble of a destroyed building in the eastern city of Izyum, which is under Russian control, Kharkiv’s governor said today. The city acts as a gateway to the Donbas region, which Russia has promised to “liberate”.
Ukrainian border guards said on their Telegram channel that Russian forces were shelling the Sumy and Chernihiv regions near the border.
In the south of the country, the Ukrainian armed forces said they hit nine enemy targets, with enemy losses of 79 servicemen. The Russian fire was concentrated in the Mykolaiv region bordering the Black Sea, where homes, farms and power lines were damaged.
Russian forces also continued to bombard the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port of Mariupol, Ukraine’s general staff said, trying to capture the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined city.
Reuters was unable to independently verify reports of the fighting.
Ukraine says tens of thousands of people have died there during a two-month Russian siege.
Russia denies targeting civilians and rejects accusations of war crimes from Ukraine and the West.
Russia was trying to bolster exposed troops on Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, made famous by Ukrainian border guards’ foul-mouthed defiance early in the invasion.
If Russia consolidates its position there, it could dominate the northwest Black Sea, the British Ministry of Defense said in a regular bulletin.
Russia’s resupply ships have minimal protection in the western Black Sea, after the Russian navy’s withdrawal to Crimea following the loss of the flagship Moskva, he said.