Intercepted call reveals Russia’s concealment of Donbas casualties



The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has intercepted a phone conversation between a Donbas terrorist and a Russian official regarding “cargo 200” shipments of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine.

On February 4, the SBU intercepted a conversation between the official responsible for handling the “cargo 200” shipments to the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don, the Russian officer  Evgeny Anatoliyevich, alias “Vozhd” (Leader), and a representative of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” called Bezzakonnyi.

Vozhd tells Bezzakonnyi that all the “certificates” prepared in Ukraine for “cargo 200″ are invalid and that (his group) must prepare Russian documentation for each one. Otherwise, ” the documents with stamps from the Donetsk morgues keep popping up in various parts of Russia,” causing him problems with the “three-letter agency” (FSB –Federal Security Service, Russian intelligence — Ed.).

Vozhd says that all “cargo 200” transports must be approved by him. The bodies of soldiers should not be placed in “zinc” (coffins — Ed.) as they will be sent to appropriate military units and the documents will be “cleaned up.” Furthermore, Vozhd says he has issued an order that “cargo 200” shipments with Ukrainian certificates will not be accepted and will be considered “criminal corpses.”

Since May 2014 a special center has been set up in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, where bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine are handled.

Earlier, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia reported that Russia has started directing “cargo 200” shipments to annexed Crimea. According to the Russian human rights activist Elena Vasileva, Russian soldiers report that only a small portion of those killed in Ukraine are shipped back to Russia. Most are buried in the Donbas. Vasileva believes that more than 5,000 Russian soldiers have been killed but that only a thousand or so have been delivered to relatives through “cargo 200.”



Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: I-Press
Source: Dzerkalo Tyzhnia
Source: Espreso TV

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