Bodies of fallen Putin troops are loaded into refrigerated carriages in Ukraine

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin's fallen troops is filmed in Ukraine.  In the photo: a mortuary worker zips up a body bag in the train car

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin's fallen troops is filmed in Ukraine.  In the photo: a mortuary worker zips up a body bag in the train car

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin’s fallen troops has been filmed in Ukraine, with gold allegedly looted from civilians in their pockets.

The Ukrainian army gave journalists access to the carriage near Kiev, with a colonel telling reporters Moscow has refused to claim its own dead.

Video inside the train showed a pile of corpses in white body bags stacked at one end of the carriage. Morgue workers showed reporters that they had found gold in the soldiers’ pockets, probably looted from Ukrainian civilians.

One of the morgue staff held two military badges in front of the camera and said it showed one of the fallen soldiers had been an “elite paratrooper.”

Kiev says more than 25,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the Russian president ordered his troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24. The Kremlin has only acknowledged about 1,300 dead.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian army colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train will be “kept for as long as necessary,” and said Kiev plans to treat the Russian dead better than Ukrainian civilians.

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin's fallen troops is filmed in Ukraine.  In the photo: a mortuary worker zips up a body bag in the train car

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin's fallen troops is filmed in Ukraine.  In the photo: a mortuary worker zips up a body bag in the train car

A refrigerated train filled with the bodies of Vladimir Putin’s fallen troops is filmed in Ukraine. In the photo: a mortuary worker zips up a body bag in the train car

Morgue workers showed reporters they had found gold in the soldiers' pockets, probably looted from Ukrainian civilians

Morgue workers showed reporters they had found gold in the soldiers' pockets, probably looted from Ukrainian civilians

Morgue workers showed reporters they had found gold in the soldiers’ pockets, probably looted from Ukrainian civilians

‘The [Ukrainian] government will decide [what to do with the bodies] because Russian refuses to take them,” he said. “Every body is evidence of a war crime.”

Ukrainian morgue workers showed the Al Jazeera reporters gold jewelry found on the Russian bodies. It is thought to have been looted from Ukrainian civilians by the soldiers. Gold necklaces and rings could be seen in the little treasure.

Looting in Ukraine by Putin’s soldiers is well documented, while prosecutors – both Ukrainian and international – investigate hundreds of other possible war crimes committed by Russian soldiers, including mass murder, torture and rape.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass.” Today is the 77th day of the campaign.

From February 24 to May 10, total combat losses of Russian troops were about 26,000, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost thousands of military vehicles, including 1,170 tanks, 2,808 armored fighting vehicles, 519 artillery systems, 185 multiple missile systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 combat aircraft, 158 helicopters, 1,980 motor vehicles, 10 fuel tankers, 12 ships, 380 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 94 cruise missiles.

Pictured: Dozens of body bags containing the corpses of fallen Russian soldiers were displayed in the refrigerated train near Kiev

Pictured: Dozens of body bags containing the corpses of fallen Russian soldiers were displayed in the refrigerated train near Kiev

Pictured: Dozens of body bags containing the corpses of fallen Russian soldiers were displayed in the refrigerated train near Kiev

Pictured: The outside of the train can be seen in pictures.  Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian army colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train will be

Pictured: The outside of the train can be seen in pictures.  Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian army colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train will be

Pictured: The outside of the train can be seen in pictures. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ukrainian army colonel Volodymir Liamzin said the bodies on the train will be “kept for as long as necessary,” and said Kiev plans to treat the Russian dead better than they have treated Ukrainian civilians.

This week Vladimir Putin addressed a massive military parade in Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate Nazi Germany’s defeat by the Soviet Union in World War II.

The Russian president used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland.” He also said the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary and provoked by the West.

Putin has long struggled with the insidious NATO sneaking east into former Soviet republics. Ukraine and its western allies have denied that the country posed any threat, saying that Putin’s invasion had not been provoked.

The Russian strongman has also claimed that his troops are there to “denazify” Ukraine, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being Jewish and the far right enjoying little support in the country.

Analysts believe Russian troops expected to be welcomed with open arms when they entered the country, but instead encountered stiff resistance.

It is widely known that Putin expected his troops to advance quickly through Ukraine and overthrow the country’s elected government within days.

Instead, his forces are engaged in a protracted conflict – which shows no signs of abating. Ukraine is supplied by its Western allies, and intelligence updates have suggested Moscow’s armies are running out of equipment.

Pictured: A view shows destroyed facilities of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 11, 2022

Pictured: A view shows destroyed facilities of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 11, 2022

Pictured: A view shows destroyed facilities of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 11, 2022

After unexpected fierce resistance forced the Kremlin to give up its attempt to storm Kiev a month ago, Moscow’s forces have concentrated on capturing the Donbas, Ukraine’s eastern industrial region.

But the fighting there has gone back and forth, village by village.

Putin appeared to be preparing for a long conflict, and a Russian victory in Donbas might not end the war, US director of national intelligence Avril Haines said Tuesday.

According to Reuters witnesses, Ukrainian soldiers collected the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in the fighting in the recaptured villages of Staryi Saltiv and Vilkhivka near Kharkiv.

Residents found the bodies of 44 civilians under the rubble of a destroyed building in the eastern city of Izyum, which is under Russian control, the governor of Kharkiv said today. The city acts as a gateway to the Donbas region, which Russia has promised to “liberate.”

Ukrainian border guards said on their Telegram channel that Russian troops fired on the regions of Sumy and Chernihiv close to the border.

In the south of the country, Ukrainian forces said they hit nine enemy targets, with enemy losses of 79 soldiers. The Russian fire was concentrated in the Mykolaiv region, bordering the Black Sea, where houses, farms and power lines were damaged.

Russian forces also continued to bomb the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol’s southern port, Ukraine’s General Staff said, in an attempt to capture the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated city.

Reuters was unable to independently verify reports of the fighting.

Ukraine says tens of thousands of people were killed there during the two-month Russian siege.

Russia denies targeting civilians and rejects Ukrainian and Western charges of war crimes.

Russia tried to reinforce exposed troops on Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, which became famous for the brutal resistance of Ukrainian border guards early in the invasion.

If Russia consolidated its position there, it could dominate the northwestern Black Sea, the British Ministry of Defense said in a regular bulletin.

The Russian supply ships have minimal protection in the western Black Sea following the Russian Navy’s withdrawal to Crimea following the loss of the flagship Moskva, it said.

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