In eastern Ukraine
is called collector of bodies. From the front is collected soldiers killed in
fighting - both Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists fighting. For his work he
does not take money. "The dead do not fight anymore," says Jar in safety vest, leader of a
volunteer group called the Black Tulip, which has already found more than 150
dead bodies of Ukrainians buried in mass graves in September.
Jar is an
upstanding man, with characteristic baldness and expressive eyebrows. He is 43
years old. Previously, he was a businessman and secretary of the State
Commission for the Remembrance of Victims of War and Political Repression. He
dealt with archaeological research of Polish mass graves, as well as
identification of remains of Soviet soldiers buried in Ukraine.
Asked about his
work, it always corresponds as follows: in 2006 two American soldiers lost in
Afghanistan. More than 8,000 soldiers and a group of scientists were involved
in their search. In eastern Ukraine, 30 body groups are mobilized from the
front. For free.
It began several
months ago when the conflict between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian
army grew stronger. Silken in reflective clothing reported to the
commanders that he would collect the bodies of the fallen.
The Black Tulip
battalion, now named after a plane transporting corpses of soldiers killed
during Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, now commands a battalion.
"Black Tulip" instead of a plane has a white delivery with a red
cross on the side. Behind the glass is a card with the word "cargo
200". It is a code name, which in the Soviet Union were defined corpses.
Since 3 September
this year the group has found remains of over 150 Ukrainians. She dug -
literally - thousands of cubic meters of land and extracted corpses from over
30 makeshift graves, including 11 masses. - Some were burned alive. In
uniforms, together with equipment - says Skink in reflective vest. Other -
before they find their "Black Tulip", they will take care of wild
animals or stray dogs.