The bodies of Azovstal soldiers were returned to Kyiv

Photo: EPA-EFE / SERGEY VAGANOV

Dozens of bodies of Ukrainian soldiers who died defending the Azovstal steel plant have been returned to Kyiv, the AP reports.

The remains are now being identified through a DNA test, Ukrainian Army Commander Maxim Zhorin said in an exclusive report by the agency.

For months, Ukrainian troops were trapped in a besieged steel plant, preventing Russian forces from taking control of all of Mariupol.

But in May, defenders at the site finally gave up on a huge Russian steel plant.

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