Sixteen bodies of Ukrainian soldiers found at Donetsk airport

Two charred bodies have been discovered on the premises of the Donetsk airport and in all, 16 bodies of Ukrainian soldiers have been retrieved from under the debris, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said.

Two charred bodies have been discovered on the premises of the Donetsk airport and in all, 16 bodies of Ukrainian soldiers have been retrieved from under the debris, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) said.

"Engineering units of the DNR army suspended the extraction of bodies of Ukrainian soldiers from under the debris at the Donetsk airport yesterday. Two charred bodies were retrieved over the past day and another fourteen in the previous period. At least three dozen bodies remain under the debris," Eduard Basurin of the DNR Defense Ministry, told reporters.

"Mines planted by the retreating Ukrainian army complicate the search for the bodies," he said.

Engineering groups and sappers found over 200 explosive devices, among them artillery shells, Uragan cluster munitions, grenade launcher projectiles and antipersonnel mines, on the premises of the airport and in the Donetsk suburbs in the past 24 hours, Basurin said.

Thirty-four dud munitions from the Ukrainian army were found in Dokuchaievsk, Olenivka and Makiivka. They were taken to a demolition site and scrapped.

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