The Ukrainian military’s Office of Strategic Communications on Saturday posted a purported photo showing dead Russian servicemen left in a common grave after fighting in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine.
“It is a myth that the Russians do not abandon the dead,” the statement read. “When clearing the settlement of Vilkhivka, a common grave of the occupiers was discovered by soldiers of the 92nd Mechanized Brigade near Kharkiv.”
CNN could not immediately verify the authenticity of the photo of at least 10 bodies in Russian military uniform.
“We don’t leave ours behind” is one of the unofficial slogans of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The statement claimed that soldiers of the 92nd Mechanized Brigade and volunteer detachments near Kharkiv destroyed two Russian battalion-level combat groups on March 30.
Fighting continues in the area northeast of Kharkiv city.
Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said in a statement on state television on Saturday that it was “shot all day” and that a Russian attack was expected. in the Kharkiv region, from the direction of Izium.
“The Russians continue to build forces in this direction,” he said. “We understand that one of the main missions of RF [Russian forces] is to reach Donbas, Donetsk region or more specifically Slovyansk and Kramatorsk from the Izium side. So this is one of the hardest directions to date. “