The gray reality of the war does not match the colorful heroic sagas that otherwise flicker across the social media channels – between the triumphant videos of some Russian battle tanks that have been shot down and cute little dogs looking for mines, the Russian side has now put one in as well short film on the web: The video shows the dead comrades who were left behind in the ruins by the defenders of the Azovstal steelworks, which had been under siege for weeks.
The fallen Ukrainian soldiers were not buried, not cremated: the corpses were put in plastic bags, then initially stored in a cold room – until the technology there failed. Then the sacks with the dead were simply placed on the floor of a destroyed assembly hall.
Now the Russian soldiers found the destroyed hall with more than 300 dead. The Russian units filmed what they found: body bags half torn open and, in between, dead people who had already completely decomposed. Next to them are the stretchers of the Ukrainian soldiers on which the dead were brought to this warehouse.
More than 2,500 Ukrainian army soldiers were taken prisoner in Azovstal, many of them members of the Azov regiment, in which numerous right-wing extremists also fought against the Russian army.