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DRAMATIC: Ukraine army and self-defense militia exchange bodies (VIDEO)

Published time: June 19, 2014 11:14
Edited time: June 19, 2014 14:20
Lugansk militiamen on a road waiting for Ukrainian troops. Still from AP video

Lugansk militiamen on a road waiting for Ukrainian troops. Still from AP video

In an unprecedented move, Ukrainian self-defense forces and Kiev’s troops have carried out an exchange of dead bodies near Donetsk. However, a fragile ceasefire reached for the exchange was interrupted by shooting.

Waving a white cloth, self-defense forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic, wearing camouflage and masks, met Ukrainian troops on a road. The latter were also hold a white flag with a black ribbon over it.

The dramatic exchange took place at dawn in the eastern town of Karlivka, just outside Donetsk.

The Lugansk militiamen took the bodies of nine of their killed comrades and also 12 injured troops and handed the remains of over 100 of Kiev’s army fighters to the Ukrainian forces, "not counting those in the airport."

Truck containing bodies passing by on road to Ukrainian side. Still from AP video

The two sides managed to arrange a brief truce to hand over the bodies of Ukrainian troops, including those who died when the anti-Kiev troops shot down a transport plane over last weekend.

As a member of the anti-Kiev troops, who identified himself as Sova, says in the video, one of the trucks “holds 49 bodies of Ukrainian paratroopers who died near Lugansk airport. We didn't receive anything in return in this handover," he told AP. The bodies have been transported to the city of Dnepropetrovsk for post-mortem examination.

A Lugansk militiaman on road holding white flag, Ukrainian soldiers seen approaching from further down the road. Still from AP video

As the white trucks crossed de-facto borders, both sides returned to their respective positions. The fragile truce was a temporary measure with no timing set.

According to media reports, shooting broke out even before the exchange at dawn was complete.

“We have fully complied with the terms of the agreement, letting them pick up their dead," Lugansk People’s Republic representative Valery Bolotov said, adding that "it happened in Donetsk region and at our southern borders."

Militiamen at a handover point. Still from AP video

After the handover, Bolotov claimed that Ukrainian armed forces “demanded $5,000 for each body.”

The Ukrainian self-defense forces want to collect bodies from another region – near the town of Shchastye – but that is impossible so far, said Oleg Tarasyuk, a representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

The two sides are also holding negotiations to exchange prisoners, Bolotov said.

“Ukrainian army officials and prisoners’ relatives are constantly asking us for exchanges. We are considering their offers,” he said.

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Gabriele Cripezzi 22.06.2014 07:13

RankAuthority 21.06.2014 06:18

Mr Putin, may I make a suggestion? You have an incredible arrow you are not using. You desperately need PR now to win the hearts and minds of the EU populace in this struggle. Yes, you need Academy award winning documentaries. But, you must bypass western media blocks, which RT and your media cannot do. You can do this with Music. Yes, Music.. emotional, stirring youthful music, modern MTV music with VIDEOS, sung by top leading entertainers.. Westerns, Ukrainians, Russians, DNR's.. singing....

  


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RankAuthority 21.06.2014 06:18

Mr Putin, may I make a suggestion? You have an incredible arrow you are not using. You desperately need PR now to win the hearts and minds of the EU populace in this struggle. Yes, you need Academy award winning documentaries. But, you must bypass western media blocks, which RT and your media cannot do. You can do this with Music. Yes, Music.. emotional, stirring youthful music, modern MTV music with VIDEOS, sung by top leading entertainers.. Westerns, Ukrainians, Russians, DNR's.. singing Number 1 rated hit songs of the incredible fight for freedom and struggle in Dombass. Focus on the price being paid for freedom.

 

Ykpaine 20.06.2014 13:19

Randy 20.06.2014 03:35

Milorad Crni Зефир In U.S. and EU, politicians are puppets of corps. Oligarchs/FSB control Russia. In China, the communist party controls the companies/people. If the people rise to take control of the government from the CEO's ...

  


Ye s, Randy, that is so true - but that would mean we would have to stop hating each other long enough to figure out that this hate is fomented by every government's rhetoric to keep us all puppets to the system. But doesn't look like anyone is willing to look past their immediate hate.

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