Ukrainian authorities launched a website on Sunday to help Russian families track down soldiers killed or captured during Moscow’s invasion of the pro-Western country.
The site – 200rf.com – contains photos of the documents and corpses of Russian soldiers Ukraine said have been killed since President Vladimir Putin launched the attack.
It also has videos of soldiers Ukraine claims to have captured.
“I’m talking to you in Russian because this site was made for you,” Viktor Andrusiv, an adviser to the interior minister, said in a video posted to the site.
“I know that many Russians are concerned about how and where their children, sons, husbands are and what is happening to them – that’s why we decided to put this online so that you all can search for your loved one that Putin sent to fighting in Ukraine.”
Andrusiv said Ukrainian troops had captured nearly 200 Russian soldiers and killed more than 3,000 Russian troops in the past three days.
“We have documents, photos and videos of all these people,” Andrusiv said.
The site’s name refers to the well-known term Gruz-200 (Cargo-200) used by the Soviet military for corpses flown back from the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Russia’s defense ministry has so far given no details about any military losses in Ukraine since the launch of a multiple attack that Putin calls a “special operation” to protect two separatist regions.
Sergei Melikov, head of the North Caucasus in Dagestan, became the first official to report the death of a Russian soldier in Ukraine on Saturday.
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He posted a tribute on his official Instagram page, paying tribute to an officer he said was killed during the “special operation to defend Donbas”.
The Kremlin has launched a major propaganda campaign to control coverage of the war in Ukraine and has instructed the media to use only the official versions of events in Russia.
Moscow has long been accused of covering up the losses its troops suffered when they supported pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and fought in Syria.
Lev Shlosberg, a prominent liberal politician, has suggested that the Russian military used mobile crematoria to destroy evidence of the dead in Ukraine.
“There is no war. No death. No digging. People just won’t be there anymore. Forever,” he wrote on his blog.
Portugal sends military equipment to Ukraine
Portugal will send military equipment to Ukraine, the defense ministry said on Sunday, along with other Western countries to send aid to the Eastern European country under Russian attack.
Lisbon will “ship vests, helmets, night vision goggles, grenades and ammunition of various calibers,” the ministry said in a statement on Twitter in the early hours.
“Portugal supports Ukraine, which is defending itself against an unjustified, illegal and unacceptable invasion,” Defense Minister Joao Cravinho said in another tweet.
Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told CNN Portugal on Saturday that Lisbon was “completely open” to welcoming “thousands of Ukrainians” who had been forced to flee their country.
He also said Lisbon has suspended the assessment of Russia’s applications for so-called “gold visas,” residence permits given to wealthy foreign investors.
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A protest in solidarity with Ukraine will be held later in the day in the capital Lisbon, after an earlier rally of hundreds of people on Saturday.
Greece also said on Sunday it would send “defense equipment” to Ukraine via Poland, without giving further details on what it would be.
Germany said on Saturday its army would transfer 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger-class surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine, in a reversal of its long-standing policy of banning arms exports to conflict zones.
The Netherlands, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic have also pledged various types of weapons, while the United States is providing Ukraine with $350 million in additional military equipment.
Ukraine files case against Russia in The Hague
Ukraine has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Russia to stop the invasion, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday.
“Russia must be held responsible for manipulating the idea of genocide to justify aggression,” Zelenskyy said in a tweet.
“We are asking for an urgent decision to order Russia to cease military activity now and expect the trials to begin next week.
The ICJ, based in the Dutch capital The Hague, has no mandate to bring criminal charges against individual Russian leaders behind the four-day-old invasion.
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But it is the world’s highest court for resolving interstate legal complaints about alleged violations of international law. It is the supreme judicial institution of the United Nations.
The Kremlin has tried to justify its operation to “demilitarize” Ukraine as an attempt to avoid the alleged persecution of the country’s Russian-speaking minority.
But the international community has roundly condemned the invasion as a flagrant violation of international law, and many Ukrainian The throwdowntvs have volunteered to defend their country.