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Dead Russian soldiers found rotting as Putin continues slaughter in eastern Ukraine

DEAD Russian soldiers were left in their bunkers yesterday as Ukrainian troops overran their positions – but a deadly new attack by Putin’s forces is feared within days.

The Sun witnessed carnage scenes after a major battle outside Kharkiv – even as Russian President Wladimir Putin vowed to continue his slaughter in the East.

The Sun's Jerome Starkey stands on top of a wrecked Russian main battle tank

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The Sun’s Jerome Starkey stands on top of a wrecked Russian main battle tankCredit: Peter Jordan
Jerome in Kharkiv's flashed regional council offices

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Jerome in Kharkiv’s flashed regional council officesPhoto credit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun

Bodies lay slumped in ripped-up dugouts after Ukraine seized control of a ridgeline in the three-day battle for Mala Rohan – where soldiers are confident they can defeat them Russia.

One said: “Whatever Putin does, we will not give up. We won the Battle of Mala Rohan. We are one step closer to winning the war.”

But it comes amid growing fears that after many defeats, Russia will use chemical weapons to turn the tide in its bloody invasion.

dozens of Russian troops T-72 tanks had dug into a tree line two miles outside of Kharkiv and bombed Ukraine’s second largest city.

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They took the ridgeline on February 26 and stayed there for a month until Ukraine Armed forces launched a bloody counterattack.

Residents said the Russians – who were young and malnourished – looted a nearby furniture factory and took rolls of carpet to line their bunkers.

Farmer Zlobina Lubov, 62, said they stole their food and shelled their barns – killing 140 cows, pigs and lambs in an inferno.

Ludmilla said: “They only had four daily rations, and after that they started stealing. They used shopping carts to take everything away.”

In the flashed remains of their positions at the tree line, The Sun found bottles of rum, wine and prosecco amid signs of a life and death struggle.

Sodden scraps of Russian uniforms, empty missile tubes, and the burned remains of tank shells and bazookas stretched for nearly a mile.

Ukrainian sources said that there were no Russian survivors and the rubble told a story about how they died.

Two empty Russian helmets had single bullet holes in the back. A third was shot through the front.

In a gap in the bracken stood a T-72 tank, its turret completely blown away.

A few meters away was an MT-LB infantry fighting vehicle, which the Russians used to tow howitzer guns.

Further back was a burned ammunition truck, a second destroyed tank, and an armored personnel carrier.

All around lay scorched black tree trunks, torn apart by heavy artillery.

The Russians had dug themselves grenade scrapers—shallow grave-like shelters to protect themselves.

But it wasn’t enough to save them from the Ukrainian onslaught.

Larger bunkers – possibly command posts – were reinforced with sandbag walls and covered with branches and earth.

But most of the roofs had been blown off, revealing half-buried dead Russians inside.

A soldier lay on his back, only his face and cloaked torso visible amidst the fallen earth.

His eyes had been pecked out by birds.

EYES CHOPPED OUT

In a second bunker, a soldier lay slumped on his stomach surrounded by dirt and soaked crates of food.

The other bodies were taken away, local soldiers said.

Ukraine has also lost a number of troops, but refused to say how many.

In the bushes lay a dozen empty boots, tubes of shaving cream, a credit card, and instructions for a medical kit.

A metal barrel of rations was marked 6 MSR, suggesting the Russian soldiers were from the 6th Motor Rifle Regiment.

There was a missile stuck in the asphalt on the road below the ridgeline.

And in the nearby hamlet – where a dozen people still dare to live – lay another blasted tank with a ZRussia’s invasion vehicle sign, on its flank.

The word NLAW was painted on its barrel in silver letters, a nod to the British-made shoulder-launched missiles that helped Ukrainian forces destroy hundreds of Russian tanks.

Defeats such as the Battle of Mala Rohan have forced Russian forces to retreat.

In the surrounding towns Kyiv and Sumy in the north, Russian forces have completely withdrawn.

It’s different in Kharkiv, where a grenade is stuck in the street in front of the regional state administration building.

The Russians still hold positions a few miles from the city’s ring road and eight miles away Russian convoy was seen moving south through Velykyi Burluk, 40 miles east of the city, to join an attack on the Donbass.

Heavy artillery and Grad rockets thundered over Kharkiv day and night.

In the nearby town of Chuguiv, about 12 miles outside Kharkiv, paramedics were treating a farmer who was shot at as he and his wife went outside to milk their three cows.

Alexander Ignatov, 54, said: “It’s a miracle that I’m alive.”

An airstrike on the southern edge of Chuiguiv left a 100-foot-wide crater and struck two dozen homes with lightning.

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On a nearby nine-story block, Alexander Tsibulynik, 38, said only he and his wife and an elderly neighbor were still living in the building after a bomb fell just meters from their front door.

Ukraine said it registered around 5,800 suspected war crimes by Russians yesterday, and official figures showed 186 children died and 344 injured – although the true figure was believed to be much higher.

Jerome in an abandoned Russian dugout

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Jerome in an abandoned Russian dugoutPhoto credit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
A Russian shell is embedded in a street in Kharkiv

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A Russian shell is embedded in a street in KharkivPhoto credit: Reuters

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Bobby Allyn

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