The Russian military has lost so many soldiers in its unjustified war in Ukraine that it has had to store the corpses of its dead soldiers in a meatpacking plant that has been converted into a morgue, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry’s intelligence division said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army had run out of room to store the growing number of dead soldiers.
Officials said the Russians were looking for “additional refrigerators” to store the bodies in the occupied town of Melitopol, southeast of the capital Kyiv.
“The occupation administration of Melitopol is urgently looking for additional industrial freezers and refrigerators,” the statement said.
“It is known that the town’s meatpacking plant, which has been turned into a morgue, is already completely filled with the bodies of the slain occupants and cannot accept any more.”
The Russian military began converting the meatpacking plant into a makeshift morgue on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.
The owners of the factory were reportedly ordered to hand over the factory to the Russians for free.
Troops stored there died in clashes near the besieged towns of Polohy and Huliaipole in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukrainian officials said.
“These events are associated with heavy manpower losses for the occupiers,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in the press release.
“Furthermore, the long-term storage of the bodies of those killed is due to the intentions of the Russian leadership to hide the true extent of the losses from the Russian electorate.”
Russian officials have not publicly responded to the allegations.
Russian forces seized Melitopol in February during the first week of its invasion of Ukraine.
In March, Russian military forces installed a new mayor in Melitopol after its elected mayor was kidnapped by a group of 10 Russian soldiers.
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