Ukraine is piling up Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

Ukraine is piling up Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

  • Hundreds of Russian war dead taken to marshalling yard
  • Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Says War ‘Entering New Long Phase’
  • Military photos from Ukraine show a failed Russian river crossing
  • Kyiv says it is negotiating the evacuation of the wounded from Mariupol

Kyiv, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine have been taken to a marshalling yard outside Kyiv and stacked with hundreds of others on a refrigerated train to await the time when they will be returned to their families can be sent back.

“Most of them were brought from Kyiv region, some from Chernihiv region and also from some other regions,” Volodymyr Lyamzin, the senior civil-military liaison officer, told Reuters on Friday as the stretcher-bearer in white, head-to-toe protective suits Body bags lifted into the wagons. Continue reading

He said that refrigerated trains stationed in other regions of Ukraine are being used for the same cruel purpose.

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Although there were no reliable estimates of the extent of Russian casualties, the scene filmed by Reuters provided a bitter taste of the price President Vladimir Putin has paid since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

A day earlier, the Ukrainian military released aerial photos of the burned-out and abandoned remains of a Russian tank column caught trying to cross a river in the Donbass region, which has become the main battlefield. Continue reading

Reuters could not verify the Ukrainian report, but the British Ministry of Defense said a pontoon bridge and parts of a tank battalion were destroyed on the Siverskyi Donets river, while Russian forces tried to breach defenses elsewhere in the Donbass.

“We are entering a new, long phase of the war,” Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in a Facebook post, predicting “extremely tough weeks” in which Ukraine will be largely alone against an “enraged attacker.”

Ukrainian forces have made their fastest territorial gains since forcing Russian invaders to abandon an advance on Kyiv over a month ago, driving their enemies out of the second largest city, Kharkiv.

For at least two weeks, the city in the north-east, which has been heavily bombed, has been quiet. Reuters journalists have confirmed that Ukraine controls territory stretching to the Siverskyi Donets River, some 40 km (25 miles) to the east.

However, Moscow is still bombing nearby villages, including Dergachi, some 10 km (six miles) north of Kharkiv.

“I can only call it an act of terrorism,” Dergachi Mayor Vyacheslav Zadorenko told Reuters after rockets hit a building where aid was being distributed. Continue reading

Russia, which denies attacking civilians, said its forces attacked a weapons depot, shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 plane in the Kharkiv region and disabled the Kremenchuk oil refinery in central Ukraine.

Reuters could not independently verify the claims.


Putin’s most tangible success was seizing territory along the southern coast to connect the Crimean Peninsula — which Russia captured in 2014 — to the southeastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian separatists have fought Ukrainian forces for years.

There, too, his troops were still trying to wipe out the last bastion of resistance at the Azovstal plant in the southern port city of Mariupol.

Many of those who are still in the steelworks are members of the Azov regiment. Deputy commander Sviatoslav Palamar said Friday his forces would resist as long as they could.

“Our enemy, supported by aircraft and artillery, continues to attack. They continue to attack our positions, but we keep repelling them,” he told an online forum streamed on YouTube.

Ukraine has proposed the evacuation of 38 of the most seriously wounded defenders in exchange for the release of a number of Russian prisoners of war. Continue reading

“Very complex negotiations are currently underway on the next phase of the evacuation mission – the removal of the seriously wounded medics,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a late-night address.

Anna Kuznetsova, deputy chairwoman of Russia’s Duma, or lower house of parliament, visited Kherson and offered assistance to residents of the small southern Ukrainian town that was captured in the first week of the invasion, state-run RIA news agency reported on Saturday. Continue reading

Fighting also broke out around Snake Island, a strategically located island that controls important shipping routes in the Black Sea.

The Kremlin is calling its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to demilitarize a neighbor who threatens its security. Ukraine says it poses no threat to Russia and that the deaths of thousands of civilians and the destruction of cities and towns show Russia is waging a war of aggression.


In their first meeting since the invasion, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke by phone with Russian Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu on Friday, calling for an immediate ceasefire and emphasizing the importance of open lines of communication. Continue reading

A day after Finland pledged to apply to join NATO, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde also backed her country’s membership, despite NATO member Turkey’s objections. Continue reading

Joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance would end the two countries’ neutrality during the Cold War. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his invasion of Ukraine was intended to prevent one aim of the war being to prevent further expansion by the 30-nation western military group.

At a meeting in Germany, foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich nations backed more aid and arms for Ukraine, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced another 500 million euros ($520 million) in military support , which should be approved by EU members next week.

Borrell expressed confidence that the bloc would agree to an embargo on Russian oil, although Hungary is demanding compensation before committing. Continue reading

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Reporting by Sergiy Karazy; Additional reporting from Pavel Polityuk, Natalia Zinets, Tom Balmforth, Idrees Ali, David Ljunggren and the Reuters bureaus; writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Adaptation by William Mallard

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