War in Donbas: OSCE witnesses military funeral van crossing Russia-Ukraine border

10:29 Jun. 11, 2016

OSCE witnesses military funeral van crossing Russia-Ukraine border

Two bodies of Russian soldiers found in Luhansk region (Photo source: hromadske.ua)

Russian military van was marked as carrying dead bodies

The OSCE mission in Donbas witnessed a military funeral van crossing Ukrainian border towards Russia at Gukovo checkpoint, the organisation's weekly report says. 

The vehicle was seen by international observers on October 27th, at 3 p.m. local time. Though it remained unclear whether the car was actually transporting any dead bodies to Russia, the van was marked as doing so. 

"The van had a the word "Funeral" in Russian on the both sides and an A4 format piece of paper with the sign of "200" on the windshield. The observing mission had no opportunity to find out if the van was transporting a coffin", says the report. 

The sign of "200" is widely used in the post-Soviet militaries for marking casualties among the combatants or any vehicles transporting dead bodies to burial places.

Read more No coscripts in Ukraine's war zone, Poroshenko says

Also, on October, 26th 20 dead bodies of pro-Russian militants were brought to the morgue in Donetsk, mainly from the so-called "100th Brigade" of the Russian occupational forces, according to the Ukrainian president ATO spokesman Andriy Lysenko. 

 

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