Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

KYIV: Bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine have been brought to a marshalling yard outside Kyiv and piled with hundreds of others on a refrigerated train, awaiting when they can be returned to their families.

“Most of them were brought from the Kyiv region, there are some from the Chernihiv region and some other regions as well,” Civil-Military Liaison chief Volodymyr Lyamzin told Reuters on Friday. May 13, as stretcher-bearers in white, head-to-toe protective suits lifted body bags into boxcars.

He said refrigerated trains stationed in other parts of Ukraine were being used for the same sinister purpose.

Although there has been no reliable estimate of the extent of Russia’s losses, the scene captured by Reuters provided a bitter taste of the price President Vladimir Putin has been paying since ordering the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

A day earlier, the Ukrainian military released aerial photographs of the burnt and abandoned remains of a Russian armored column caught crossing a river in the Donbass region, which has become the main battlefield.

Reuters could not verify the Ukrainian report, but the UK Ministry of Defense said a pontoon bridge and parts of an armored battalion were destroyed on the Siverskyi Donets River as Russian forces tried to break through the defenses elsewhere in the Donbass.

“We are entering a new and long phase of the war,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in a Facebook post, predicting “extremely difficult weeks” during which Ukraine would be largely alone in the face of a “enraged aggressor”.

Making their fastest territorial gains since forcing invading Russians to abandon their advance on kyiv more than a month ago, Ukrainian forces have driven their enemies out of the second-largest city, Kharkiv.

The northeastern city, which had suffered heavy shelling, has been quiet for at least two weeks. Reuters reporters have confirmed that Ukraine controls territory stretching to the Siverskyi Donets River, some 40 km to the east.

However, Moscow is still bombing neighboring villages, including Dergachi, about 10 km north of Kharkiv.

“I can’t call it anything other than a terrorist act,” Dergachi Mayor Vyacheslav Zadorenko told Reuters after missiles hit a building used to distribute aid.

Russia, which denies targeting civilians, said its forces struck an arms depot, shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 plane in the Kharkiv region and disabled the Kremenchuk oil refinery in central Russia. ‘Ukraine.

Reuters could not independently verify the claims.

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