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China to Hand Remains of 68 Russian Soldiers Killed During Russo-Japan War

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China plans to hand over the remains of 68 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Japanese War for reburial on the Russian territory.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — China on Monday is set to hand over the remains of 68 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Japanese War in early 20th century for reburial on the Russian territory, the Russian Defense Ministry official in charge of memorializing those fallen in defense of the homeland said Saturday.

"This fact is an event of special historical importance, an evidence of a high level of relations between our countries in the humanitarian area," Maj. Gen. Vladimir Popov told reporters.

According to Popov, a solemn ceremony of handing over the remains will take place at the international border crossing point on the Russian-Chinese border near the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk, Amur Region. The reburial of the bodies with military honors will later be held in Blagoveshchensk.

In February 2014, the Russian Embassy in China was informed about the bodies of Russian soldiers found during construction works near the Chinese city of Siping, Jilin province.

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