Video evidence of Russian troops dying in Ukraine is beginning to surface in international media, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s past efforts to hide the victims of the conflict.
On Monday, Al Jazeera released footage of Russian bodies “left behind as Russia withdrew from the Kyiv region” in early April.
Russian troops withdrew from areas around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv last month as Moscow prioritized military operations in the south-eastern region of Donbass. The move allowed Ukrainian troops to regain control of the areas around Kyiv.
In the video, a worker in protective gear can be seen buttoning white body bags inside a refrigerated train full of piles of bodies. Al Jazeera, which said it was given “rare access” to the macabre scene, said the bodies were “unclaimed” and belonged to Russian soldiers who died at the front lines.
The footage then shows feet sticking out of bags and the bodies of soldiers not yet enclosed in body bags.
Over 26,000 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the start of the conflict, according to Ukrainian authorities, while the Russian Defense Ministry reported a much smaller figure of fewer than 1,500. According to Western intelligence services, both estimates are likely wrong, slightly overestimated on the Ukraine side and grossly underestimated on the Russian side.
The British government estimates Russian casualties in Ukraine at 15,000 since the beginning of the war. After just a month of war, NATO had estimated as early as March that Russian casualties could range from 7,000 to 15,000.
Al Jazeera reveals that jewelry believed to have been stolen from Ukrainian civilians was found on some of the soldiers. Ukrainian Colonel Volodymyr Liamzin told Al Jazeera that Ukraine will keep the bodies of fallen Russian soldiers “as long as necessary” because “Russia refuses to take them away.”
He said if Russia refuses to take back the bodies, Ukraine will pay for their burial.
Another clip shared by the British tabloid The sun on Tuesday shows the bodies of Russian soldiers found on the side of the road in the liberated village of Vilkivka near Kharkiv. that of the sun Defense editor Jerome Starkey found 13 bodies in all, including 11 in what he called a “shallow grave,” as if the bodies were brought there to be buried, but that “never happened.”
Starkey found a Russian armored vehicle and a completely destroyed truck near where he had discovered the bodies of the Russian soldiers.
Fighting continues in the areas around the city of Kharkiv, where Ukrainian forces continue to push back Russian troops towards the Ukraine-Russia border, according to the Institute for the Study of War.
Moscow has previously acknowledged “significant casualties” in Ukraine, but the actual number of casualties is likely much higher than what Putin is telling the Russian public. Speaking to Sky News in early April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the country had suffered “significant casualties” in Ukraine, which were “a great tragedy” for Russia.
Russian newspaper at the end of March Komsomolskaya Pravda It temporarily published an article on its website reporting that more than 10,000 Russian soldiers had died in the “special military operation” in Ukraine. The article was soon removed as a “fake insert,” which the newspaper attributed to a hacker attack.
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