Russia buries twin brothers killed same day in Ukraine

Russian twin brothers killed the same day while fighting in Ukraine were buried in their hometown on Tuesday, according to friends and local media.

Alexei and Anton Vorobyov, 29, both army sergeants, were both killed on March 12, three weeks after the Russian invasion of its neighbor to the west, the Bataysk Gorod news site reported.

Photos and video of the double burial showed the two men’s lacquered coffins, draped in Russian flags, buried side by side in a new cemetery in the southern Russian city of Novocherkassk. In the presence of several hundred mourners, an honor guard fired a salute and a military band played the Russian national anthem, according to reports.

“I have a lot of memories of Anton, and all of them are good memories. We have never had a single fight in 19 years,” said Anastasia Novikova, a childhood friend of Anton who attended the funeral. , to the Moscow Times.

While Russia’s Defense Ministry said last week that 1,351 of its troops had been killed since its “special military operation” began on Feb. 24, other estimates of Russia’s casualties are much higher. NATO said up to 15,000 Russian troops may have been killed.

Funerals of servicemen killed in Ukraine took place across Russia.

Anton and Alexei served in the 150th Rifle Division, a famous WWII unit that was reformed in 2013. Deployed in eastern Ukraine at the start of the invasion, the division is believed to have suffered heavy casualties during the first few weeks. .

“They were signalmen,” Novikova said of the brothers, who remained as regular soldiers after their mandatory military service ended. “When they learned that the legendary 150th Rifle Division was resurfacing, of course they enlisted. Anton told me he loved the service.

It took military authorities two weeks to transport the bodies of the brothers to Novocherkask after their deaths. After the funeral service, a vigil was held at the Novocherkassk Officers’ Chamber.

Both men left behind partners, one of whom is pregnant, according to reports.

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