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There is a daily threat to one's own end – a Russian soldier at a destroyed water filtration plant in the Donetsk region. © IMAGO / Dmitry Yagotkin

They are endlessly growing: Russian cemeteries that need space for Putin's fallen troops. Satellite images make the horror clear.

Stavropol – Russia It has brought great death by its wars of aggression Ukraine carried away; Took it home again. Dramatic stories continue to pour in from a country where a bloody war has left hundreds of thousands of people with untold suffering.

Since the troops attacked Vladimir Putin And now two years of war in Ukraine, graves are bursting everywhere to accommodate the many new dead. Now they are expanding in Ukraine and Russia Business Insider reported. He wrote that the dead are often seen taz Over a grave Kiev. Burial grounds now seem to consume so much land that in mass deaths individuals risk losing their identity and their relatives never know who rests where.

Final Rest: Burial at Home of Fallen Russian Soldiers

The press relies on the satellite service Maxar – according to their satellite images, the areas of cemeteries that are in Ukraine or on the territory of Russia under Russian control have been greatly expanded; Sometimes double. For example, this applies to the Bogorodskoe cemetery near the city of Ryazan in Russia; The Business Insider Compares Maxer images from late October 2021 to mid-April 2023. Maxor associates this grave with the 106th Russian Guards Airborne Division. The unit is believed to have played a key role in Russian operations in the heavily contested city of Bagmut; with associated losses.

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In parallel with the satellite images just released, various statistics on the casualties of the war in Ukraine are now being republished, especially the reports of soldiers who lost their lives – February 24 marked the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine; Science unanimously argues that there is no end to the war in Ukraine. for now. German military historian Sonke Nietzsche recently used the image of a cauldron to sink into a low flame, saying that “the war will continue to simmer for a long time.” However, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has recently erupted in the city of Avdiivka – a city Vladimir Putin has now taken over. At shockingly high prices – this too has now been confirmed Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Estimated Intermediate Level: The Russian side lost over 300,000 soldiers

In late January this year, British Minister of State for the Armed Forces, James Heapy, said in a written response to a parliamentary question that more than 350,000 people had been killed and wounded on the Russian side. The The New York Times He had written, citing the US government, that 120,000 Russian soldiers had been killed and 170,000 to 180,000 wounded. The Ukrainian military recently estimated that more than 405,000 Russian soldiers were killed or maimed during the invasion. However, statisticians consider this number to be exaggerated and rather politically biased.

Europeans are pushing for a negotiated solution

Many in Europe are pessimistic about Ukraine's chances of victory against Russia, according to a recent poll. Again European Council on Foreign Relations In Berlin, a survey conducted on behalf of the think tank found that only ten percent of those surveyed believed Ukraine would win. However, many expected a double Russian victory. The largest group – 37 percent – strongly believe that a negotiated end to the war will be reached. 41 percent of poll participants want pressure on Ukraine to negotiate with Russia. According to the information, more than 17,000 adults in twelve EU countries, including Germany, France, Poland and Sweden, were interviewed for the survey in January 2024.

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Source: Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

From their observations of regionally growing cemeteries, Makser's researchers infer losses of specific units because they suspect soldiers were buried near their home armies: Makser, for example, provides images of a cemetery in the city of Mikhailovsk near Stavropol, Russia. and Pleishnje in the Crimea – according to Makser, fallen soldiers from the 7th Guards Air Assault Division are buried in both cemeteries.

Michael Zinganel, director Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)warned Daily news Dealing with presented figures and alleged facts as soberly as possible. According to him, it is simply impossible to collect reliable data due to the confusion of events at the site. This means that the question of the reliability of troop movements can only be answered hypothetically, and the exact losses on both sides cannot be calculated – in terms of personnel and material – Zinganel says. As long as the fight continues, the numbers will be released primarily for a specific purpose.

Scary Suspense: Fallen Russians being burned by their own troops

At the end of last year, however, the death toll was assessed particularly critically Independence of Kiev This somewhat contradicts Makser's thesis: to cover up losses, the Russian armed forces allegedly cremated the bodies of dead soldiers in occupied Ukrainian territories instead of transporting them to Russia. Independence of Kiev Deputy Ukrainian Defense Minister Hanna Malzar noted. For example, near the occupied city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region, according to Malzar, dead Russian soldiers were cremated “almost continuously”. Residents may have noticed heavy smoke for a long time.

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There have been repeated reports of mass graves on Ukrainian territory since the start of the war. Austrian colonel and military superintendent Marcus Reissner had already expressed his opinion early on Editorial Network Germany (RND) It speculates that fighters outside the regular Russian armed forces are buried there. “These are probably fighters from the Wagner group who were killed because they often have no relatives in their homeland or are in Ukraine after breaking up their families,” Reisner said. RND. As far as he knows, members of the Russian military are usually transferred to Russia. However, he believes that it is unlikely that the fallen Ukrainians will be buried in individual graves. “Killed Ukrainian soldiers are usually buried in pits by the Russians, not in such private graves.”

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