As reported by Censor.NET citing OstroV, this information was confirmed by Vostok terrorist battalion founder Alexander Khodakovsky.
He said the Ukrainian side offered to transfer the bodies to the "DPR" representatives with the help of volunteers but the terrorists refused citing their inability to ensure security of these volunteers.
"The Ukrainian side was willing to establish security corridor. The volunteers were willing to retrieve these bodies and hand them over to us in Kurakhove direction. They contacted with our Defense Ministry through their channels but were eventually turned down: they were told that we cannot ensure security of this group of volunteers, which will be retrieving the bodies to transfer them to us," he said.
"No one has even asked the names of people lying there while they have friends, parents, maybe wives and children... Our soldiers have probably never witnessed such blasphemy," the terrorist said.
He added that the bodies had been lying on the battlefield near Avdiivka for two weeks after recent clashes. Only frosty weather preserved them from what "usually occurs with the bodies."
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