DONETSK, May 29 (RIA Novosti) – All the bodies of federalists killed in the May 26 hostilities at the Donetsk airport have been identified, and 33 of them are Russian nationals, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said Thursday.
“All those dead have been identified. Today we are sending 33 people from the morgue to relatives. We communicate with all the relatives,” Alexander Borodai told journalists.
Some 100 people were killed in clashes with pro-Kiev troops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday. Over 50 members of local self-defense forces and nearly the same number of civilians are among the dead.
Most of the self-defense force members died when Ukrainian troops opened fire on two Kamaz vehicles, carrying the injured away from the battle. Some 15 corpses still remain near the airport.
The National Guard has been preventing people from taking them by shooting at all those who try to do so. More than a dozen of the killed self-defense force members, who are local citizens, remain in the morgue.
Fierce clashes between Kiev regime loyalists and federalists have plagued Ukraine’s east and south in recent weeks and intensified after the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence from Ukraine earlier this month.
Ukraine went to the polls on May 25 amid a deep political crisis and large-scale military operation launched by Kiev’s authorities in mid-April to crack down on federalists. Moscow has described the operation as a punitive act.