Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

  • Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to marshalling yard
  • Ukrainian deputy prime minister says war ‘enters new and long phase’
  • Ukrainian military photographs show failed Russian river crossing
  • Kyiv announces negotiations to evacuate wounded from Mariupol

KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine have been transported 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,” Volodymyr Lyamzin, the civil-military liaison officer in charge, told Reuters on Friday. leader while stretcher-bearers in white, head to head. -toe protection suits lifted body bags in boxcars. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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 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, about 10 km (six miles) 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. Read more

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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Putin’s most tangible success has been capturing a strip of territory along the southern coast to connect the Crimean peninsula – which Russia seized in 2014 – with the southeastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian separatists have fought Ukrainian forces for years.

Even there, his forces were still trying to extinguish the last bastion of resistance at the Azovstal factory 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 on Friday his forces would resist as long as they could.

“Our enemy, supported by planes and artillery, continues to attack. They continue their assault on our positions but we continue to push them back,” he said in an online forum broadcast on YouTube.

Ukraine offered to evacuate 38 of the most seriously injured defenders, offering to release a number of Russian POWs in return. Read more

“At the moment, very complex negotiations are underway on the next phase of the evacuation mission – the evacuation of seriously injured, medics,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a late night speech.

Anna Kuznetsova, deputy speaker of Russia’s Duma or lower house of parliament, visited Kherson, offering assistance to residents of the small southern Ukrainian town seized in the first week of the invasion, the official RIA news agency reported on Saturday. Read more

There has also been renewed fighting around Snake Island, a strategically located islet controlling vital Black Sea shipping lanes.

The Kremlin calls its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to demilitarize a neighbor threatening its security. Ukraine claims that it poses no threat to Russia and that the deaths of thousands of civilians and the destruction of towns and villages show that Russia is waging a war of aggression.

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In their first conversation since the invasion, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke by phone Friday with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, calling for an immediate ceasefire and stressing the importance of open lines of communication. Read more

A day after Finland pledged to apply to join NATO, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde also pleaded for her country’s membership, although NATO member Turkey raised objections. Read more

Joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance would end the neutrality the two states maintained during the Cold War. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his pre-emptive invasion of Ukraine said one of the goals of the war was to prevent further expansion of the 30-nation Western military group.

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

Borrell said he was confident the bloc would agree to an embargo on Russian oil, although Hungary would demand compensation before committing. Read more

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

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