Russian MoD: Bombed van with 152 bodies found in Azovstal

Igor Konashenkov, Russian defense ministry spokesman

© APA | Igor Konashenkov, Russian defense ministry spokesman

# 31 May 2022 13:41 (UTC +04:00)

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a mined truck with 152 bodies found in Azovstal, APA reports citing Prime Feed.

During an inspection of the underground structures of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, where the militants of the Ukrainian Azov formation who surrendered were held captive, the Russian military found an isothermal van with an inoperative cooling system, in which there were 152 bodies of the Ukrainian military dead. This was reported to journalists by the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

According to him, there were mined bodies.

“During the inspection of the van, the Russian sappers found four mines placed under the bodies of the dead Ukrainian servicemen,” Konashenkov said. “The total mass of the explosive in them was enough to destroy all remnants of the bodies remaining in the van.”

During the interrogation of the captured Azov militants, it was established that the removal of the bodies was carried out on the direct order of Kyiv, according to a representative of the military department.

“The purpose of the provocation is to accuse Russia of intentionally destroying the remains of the bodies and preventing them from being transferred to their relatives in order to save the political “reputation” of the Kyiv regime and personally Zelensky,” Konashenkov said.

The Major General recalled that the Azov command, before being taken prisoner, publicly appealed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with a request to bring the bodies of the dead. However, the Russian side did not receive any request from Kyiv to transfer the bodies of those killed on the territory of the Azovstal plant.

The representative of the Russian Defense Ministry noted that in the near future it is planned to transfer the bodies found on the territory of the plant to representatives of Ukraine.

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