Russian media reported that Russia is purportedly ready to hand over the alleged bodies of those killed in the crash of a military transport aircraft, Il-76, in the Belgorod region to Ukraine.

This was reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to the words of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova.

“Yes, we are ready, everything necessary from the procedural point of view is available for this… The bodies can be transferred according to the existing procedures”, she said.

Moreover, it is noted that according to Moskalkova, she is allegedly in contact with the Ukrainian human rights ombudsman, Dmitry Lubinsky.

“We are in touch with the ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmitry Lubinsky; he turned to me at first with questions related to the crash and received all the answers in full”, said the Russian.

The crash of the Il-76 aircraft in the Russian Federation: what is known.

On January 24, in the Korochansky district of the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation, a military transport aircraft, Il-76, crashed. Russia claims that allegedly there were 65 Ukrainian prisoners on board the aircraft, six crew members, and three accompanying persons.

The Russians accuse Ukraine of shooting down the aircraft. In turn, Ukraine called for not spreading fakes until official statements are made. Later, the Main Intelligence Directorate stated that there is no verified information about who was on board the Il-76 aircraft.

Also, the Ukrainian side was not informed about the “need to ensure the safety of airspace in the area of the city of Belgorod”. The President of Ukraine emphasized the need to establish all the clear facts. To what extent this is possible given that the crash occurred on Russian territory – beyond our control.

He also canceled visits to the regions on January 25 until the entire situation is clarified. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Administration of President Vladimir Putin did not receive a request from Ukraine to hand over the bodies of prisoners of war who, according to the Russian side’s claims, died on January 24 in the Il-76 aircraft crash near Belgorod. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov stated that the Russian Il-76 aircraft indeed crashed in the Belgorod region, but there were no Ukrainian prisoners of war on board.

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