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'670 pieces of bodies found': Russia insists 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war were on the ill-fated plane |  Ukraine-Russia war

'670 pieces of bodies found': Russia insists 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war were on the ill-fated plane | Ukraine-Russia war

Russia continues to confirm the presence of 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on board the Russian plane that crashed a week ago in the Belgorod region near the Ukrainian border. According to official Russian news agencies, the remains of all victims have been officially identified.

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According to a special investigation committee, “more than 670 pieces of body parts were found” in the area where the Il-76 plane crashed on January 24, in addition to partially preserved personal documents.

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She added: “Genetic research showed unequivocally that the body fragments belonged to six crew members, three military police officers and 65 Ukrainian soldiers.”

According to the Investigative Committee, genetic profiles of captured Ukrainian soldiers are being prepared. It is made on the basis of biological materials. “So we obtained the genetic profiles of all the Ukrainian soldiers who were on board,” she explained.

According to Russia, Ukraine shot down the Russian transport plane. Two missiles from the US Patriot air defense system are said to have been used. They were said to have been expelled from the Kharkiv region. It is said that 116 pieces of missiles were found. No hard evidence was provided.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as “a crime committed by Kiev against its citizens.” According to him, the Ukrainian authorities knew that there were Ukrainian prisoners of war on board the Il-76, but they hit it anyway, either negligently or intentionally.

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According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, there is no evidence that Ukrainians were on board the plane. He added: “We did not see any indications that there were a large number of people on board the plane, whether they were Ukrainian citizens or not.”


Kiev said some prisoners on the passenger list were also believed to have been transferred to Ukraine as part of previous exchanges.

Both Putin and Zelensky are calling for an international investigation into the incident.

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