Ukrainian servicemen load bodies of Russian soldiers onto refrigerated wagons

Communal workers carry the body of a civilian in the town of Bucha, not far from the Ukrainian capital of kyiv, on April 3, 2022. U.S. and NATO leaders have expressed shock and horror at new evidence of atrocities against civilians in Ukraine, and warned that Russia’s troop movements away from kyiv did not signal a withdrawal or an end to the violence. On April 4, 2022, the Kremlin dismissed accusations that Russian forces were responsible for killing civilians near kyiv. “We categorically reject all allegations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

On Friday, the Ukrainian military authorities loaded the bodies of Russian soldiers collected after the fighting in the kyiv and Chernihiv regions into refrigerated wagons.

Volodymr Lyamzin, head of Ukraine’s civil-military cooperation, said his country was acting in accordance with international law and was ready to return the bodies to Russia.

“According to the norms of international humanitarian law, and Ukraine strictly observes them, after the end of the active phase of the conflict, the parties must return the bodies of servicemen of another country.

“Ukraine is ready to return the bodies to the aggressor,” he said.

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Lyamzin said there were several refrigerated trains parked in different parts of Ukraine where the bodies of Russian soldiers were kept.

Several hundred bodies were stored in a facility on the outskirts of kyiv filmed by Reuters.

“In this refrigerated train several hundred bodies of Russian occupiers are kept. Most of them were brought from the Kyiv region, some from the Chernihiv region and other regions as well,” Lyamzin said.

Moscow calls its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to demilitarize a neighbor threatening its security. Ukraine denies posing a threat and says Russia has been waging a war of aggression that has killed thousands of civilians, uprooted millions and destroyed towns and villages since the conflict began in late February.

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