Identifying victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – BBC News

Identifying victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – BBC News


Warning, some may find parts of this report upsetting.

Hundreds of bodies are waiting to be identified in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, but the process is being slowed because of difficulties with DNA testing.

Many of the bodies exhumed have been found in mass graves, left with no name, coffin or body bag, making identification difficult.

Others have been so badly burned in shelling and missile strikes that there is little genetic material left to test.

Authorities have been collecting swabs from people who remained living in the region with the hope of finding a match, but forensics teams admit some bodies are so damaged that they will never be named.

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