Russia’s Wagner to send Kyiv bodies of soldiers killed in Soledar – report
Wagner said on January 11 that he had captured Soledar, and Russian-installed authorities in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region said earlier this week that they were in control of the city of -salt mines, where intense fighting took place.
The website RIA FAN – part of Prigozhin’s media holdings – quoted a Wagner commander as saying that the mercenary company would send the bodies from Soledar to Ukrainian-held territory in four or five convoys that totaling about 20 trucks.
Saturday’s report did not say how many bodies would be returned to Ukrainian authorities, but said Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses in Soledar.
He said that Prigozhin made it clear that the bodies of the soldiers should be returned to Ukraine in a “dignified” manner, but gave no further details about the planned operation.
The Ukrainian authorities said during the fight for Soledar that the Russian forces suffered heavy losses.
Prigozhin, who has previously avoided the public spotlight and denied links to Wagner, admitted in September that he founded the mercenary army, which played a key role in the conflict. He described Wagner as a completely independent force with its own planes, tanks, rockets and artillery.
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Helen Popper)