The increasing number of dead combatants on both sides of the Russia–Ukraine war will require an international response from the private sector and emergency services – working alongside armed forces – to remove all bodies and concentrate the fatalities into new cemeteries which may be established following the conclusion of the war, says Dr Sarah Ashbridge, RUSI Research Fellow for Defence and Society.
In her video commentary, Sarah explains the use of chilling facilities and mass graves in the conflict, and the importance of deploying professionals to ensure bodies are removed in a sanitary manner, while maintaining as much dignity as possible for the dead.
Russia and Ukraine will need to consider where the bodies of those who are recovered from the battlefield will be placed.
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Dr Sarah Ashbridge
Former Research Fellow