The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine have been taken to a train station on the outskirts of Kyiv and loaded onto a refrigerated train waiting to be taken to their families.
Civil-military liaison officer Volodymyr Lyamzin told Reuters as stretchers in white head-to-head protective gear lifted body bags into the trunk of the vehicle. Mr Lyamzin said refrigerated trains parked in other parts of Ukraine are also being used for the same purpose.
In a post on Facebook, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, “We are entering a new, enduring phase of the war.” He predicts extremely difficult weeks in which Ukraine will play largely alone against the Russians.
Ukraine’s armed forces have been gaining territorial advantages the fastest since they forced Russian troops out of Kyiv more than a month ago. Ukraine has driven Russian forces out of Kharkiv, its second largest city. The Ukrainian military said it destroyed at least 73 Russian tanks and other equipment during the battle for a river in the Donbass region.
Heavily bombed Kharkiv in north-eastern Ukraine has been quiet for at least two weeks. Reuters reporters confirmed that Ukraine now controls the area stretching to the Siverskyi Donets River. However, Moscow still bombed nearby villages, including Dergachi, 10 km north of Kharkiv.
Russia says its military hit a munitions depot, shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 in the Kharkiv region and destroyed the Kremenchuk oil refinery in central Ukraine. The Russians are also trying to destroy the last Ukrainian resistance stronghold at the Mariupol Steelworks in Azov.
Anna Kuznetsova, deputy speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament, visited Kherson and offered her support to the city’s residents. In addition, fighting has flared up again around Snake Island – the island occupies a strategic position and controls important shipping routes in the Black Sea.