Pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk bury soldiers

STORY: The fallen servicemen were killed in the course of what the Kremlin calls a special military operation launched by Moscow on February 24.

"(They died) in different battles. The glorious fights at Rubizhne, at Sievierodonetsk," the aide to the head of Luhansk People's Republic, Anna Soroka told Reuters.

"We have a duty to do everything possible to determine the names of every one of them, so those names are forever carved into our hearts," Soroka said as most of the graves had no names but wooden crosses with simple signs on them reading "unknown soldier."

According to Meduza, a Russian independent news outlet, called by the Russian authorities a 'foreign agent' and prohibited in Russia, thousands of Luhansk residents have been forcibly mobilized since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis. The conscripts themselves lack medical care, uniforms, food and up-to-date armaments. Their relatives, who dare to speak about problems, are persecuted by special services.

* This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine.

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