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11 May 2022

Ukraine Russia conflict: Ukraine says Russia is refusing to accept return of deceased soldiers

International Editor

Warning: This report contains distressing images.

While Europe rushes to shore up its defences and maintain a united front against Russia, in Ukraine the long weeks of conflict show no sign of coming to an end.

In the towns and villages around the capital Kyiv, where Russian troops committed some of the worst atrocities in this war, bodies are still being found.

As Ukrainians come to identify their loved ones, the government is also collecting the remains of Russian soldiers killed in the fighting.

But – unclaimed by the Russians – these bodies are now piling up in refrigerated containers in Kyiv.