The remains of 57 unknown servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces killed in battles in Donbass in 2014, in clashes for Ilovaisk and Savur-Mohyla, have been buried in Zaporozhye. The burial took place at Kushuhumske cemetery, an Interfax correspondent reported.
For one year the bodies were in refrigerators and during this time relatives of the deceased were looked for and DNA tests carried out, representatives of the Zaporozhye regional military commissariat said.
However, relatives of some deceased soldiers were not found. According to commissariat authorities, many relatives refuse to do DNA tests for identification purposes, "hoping until the end that their close ones, who went missing at front, are alive, in captivity or hospitals."
Some relatives, whose DNA results were a very close match to unidentified servicemen, refused to admit the results and undergo DNA retesting.
"People can be understood, hope dies last. The search for relatives of the deceased continues. Fifty unknown soldiers killed outside Ilovaisk were buried here last year, at Kushuhumske cemetery, and during this time 21 soldiers were identified and exhumed," Zaporozhye regional military commissioner Oleksandr Beda said.
According to the information of Kiev, about 400 Ukrainian soldiers died in Ilovaisk battles, while militia and independent experts claim the number exceeds 1,000.
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