The destruction of Mariupol
There are dead soldiers of all units: marines, police, SBU, border guards, it will take a lot of time to personally identify each defender.
During two exchanges of the bodies of the dead, Ukraine received the bodies of 220 Mariupol defenders who were at the Azovstal plant – measures have begun in Kyiv to identify the dead, said the former commander of the Azov Regiment (2016-2017) Maxim Zhorin.
“I can’t say many details, but I can share some information. There have already been two exchanges of the bodies of the dead: the first one was 160:160… During the second exchange, we were recently able to change and take almost 60 bodies… Almost the same number of bodies need to be returned. Almost the same number of bodies are in Mariupol. Processes are underway, negotiations are underway for further exchange and return home,” Zhorin said.
Among those killed who have already been replaced, about a third are “Azov”, said the ex-commander.
There are dead soldiers of all units: marines, police, SBU, border guards. This can be understood from the clothes and chevrons, but it will take a lot of time to personally identify each defender.
“Absolutely all the bodies of the Ukrainian dead (who have already been returned) are already in Kyiv – and now a very difficult work is beginning to identify the bodies. Most of these bodies are in a terrible state and it is impossible to visually identify them,” Zhorin said.
According to him, complex examinations will have to be carried out, the identification process may take several months. The patronage service of Azov is trying to speed up and facilitate the work of identification.
Recall that on the evening of May 16, an operation began to rescue the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Azovstal. The first 264 Ukrainian soldiers were taken from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol to settlements not controlled by Kyiv: 53 seriously wounded were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, the remaining 211 to Yelenovka. For the further return of the fighters home, an exchange procedure will be carried out.