Ukraine Day 1060: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded today on the front line in 38 attacks, the ATO reported. One civilian woman was also injured in shelling by Russia-backed forces in Maryinka.
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57 People Prosecuted for War Crimes in Ukraine
Anatoliy Matios, the deputy prosecutor general, announced today that 57 people have been tried for war crimes; of these, 31 are soldiers of the Russian Federation, Ukrainska Pravda reported. Charges have also been filed against another 27 people for aiding the instigation of war on Ukraine.
OSCE Monitors Report ‘Cargo 200’ Vans at Ukrainian-Russian Border
OSCE monitors spotted a truck with the sign “Cargo 200,” the military term for the bodies of soldiers killed in battle, Liga.net reported.
The van with Ukrainian license plates was travelling from the Russian Federation into Ukraine on the night of January 7, the OSCE mission told reporters. The truck had the sign “Cargo 200” on the windshield. The observers emphasized that they were unable to check the van to see if it contained bodies.
There was no explanation available for why the van would be killing military killed in combat from Russia into Ukraine instead of visa versa, but perhaps it was empty, coming to make a pick-up.
On the same day, the OCE saw another van with the license plates of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic at 9:43 am at the border checkpoint in Donetsk. That van had a sign “Funeral Services” on the windshield, and crossed the border from Ukraine to the Russian Federation. Observers said three men and one woman in civilian clothing accompanied the fan.
The mission also reported seeing a “Cargo 200” van on December 30, 2016.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick