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how the bodies of the defenders of Mariupol are identified in the Kiev morgue (photo)

As Elena Tolkacheva, head of the Azov patronage service, said, sometimes bodies are in the active stage of decomposition or without limbs. Tattoos help identify bodies, if any.

The bodies of the dead defenders of Mariupol are brought to one of the capital’s morgues for identification. Hromadske showed photo essay the inspection process.

To search the bodies, the military put on blue protective suits, gloves and masks. For reliability, the mittens are taped to the suits with tape. After that, they begin to unload the bodies of the defenders of Mariupol from the car with the inscription “Evacuation-200”.

examination of the dead

Machine with the bodies of warriors

It is stated that on June 21 the bodies of the military were transferred as part of an exchange with the Russian Federation. Elena Tolkachova, head of the patronage service of the Azov regiment, manages the process of examining the bodies. It is she who communicates with the relatives of the dead, organizes the DNA examination and the burial of the fighters.

examination of the dead

The car with the bodies of the dead

The patronage service in the regiment was created in 2014. Since then, Elena has been taking care of the wounded, helping with treatment and rehabilitation. In the event of death, the family of the deceased is taken under guardianship, helping with the funeral.

The Russian side, along with the bodies of soldiers, also transfers civilians

The Russian side, along with the bodies of soldiers, also transfers civilians

Elena Tolkacheva says that now the scale is incommensurable with what it was in 2014. The work is also complicated by the fact that it is not known who will be transferred this time. Among the transferred bodies are both civilians and bodies in the active stage of decomposition.

“We often receive bodies in the active stage of decomposition, decay, evaporation. Even forensic experts working in the morgue on Orangery, who previously took 4-5 corpses to the office for autopsy at the same time, now take no more than 2 bodies. Otherwise it is impossible to work, there is a smell. Some bodies don’t have heads. How do you identify them?” Elena says.

Sometimes the bodies are in the active process of decomposition

Sometimes the bodies are in the active process of decomposition

A telegram channel was created where military relatives can send tattoos of their relatives. They help identify bodies. During identification, Elena photographs such details on the body. All this they collect for their internal base.

Remember June 21st Bodies of dead soldiers handed over to Ukraine. The exchange took place in the Zaporozhye region.

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