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Wooden cross in Kiev
Wooden cross in Kiev
Ilya Barabanov

DNIPROPETROVSK – Last week, in this central Ukrainian city, a public farewell was bid to 21 soldiers, even if their names were never determined. The coffins, draped with Ukrainian flags, were brought to the the square between the Opera and Ballet Theaters on Karl Marx Avenue in Dnipropetrovsk, the country's fourth-largest city.

“The soldiers who are now holding a vigil around the coffins just returned from the front two days ago, and they saw everything themselves,” said Guard Colonel Denis Shlega, who himself spent more than two months battling pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. “We really want unidentified soldier to get their names, so that there can be memorials built for them, so that they can be remembered in their workplaces and in the schools where they studied.”

After the service, which was preformed by representatives of several different religions, the procession left for the cemetery, which had already set aside a special area for unidentified soldiers: 74 have already been buried there so far. Based on the number of graves that have already been dug but are still empty, the cemetery is prepared for 500 burials.

The gravestones are marked with just a number and the same message “temporarily unidentified defender of Ukraine.”

Across the street, instead, are graves for the identified dead. Oleg Eismant, a soldier who died on May 9, already has a stone tombstone. Other graves are marked simply by wooden crosses with pasted-on photographs. The youngest in this section of the graveyard was Vyacheslav Morozuk, who turned 20 in the spring and died at the beginning of August. Sergei Andreev was killed Oct. 3, after the Minsk agreement was signed to bring a ceasefire, which has only partially held.

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