Two Tajik Men Killed While Fighting In Russian Army’s Ranks In Ukraine Buried In Homeland

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Two Tajik men who served in the Russian Army and were killed during Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine have been buried in Tajikistan.

Sources close to the government told RFE/RL on March 23 that, in all, the bodies of at least four Tajik men who were killed while fighting alongside Russian armed forces in Ukraine had been repatriated to Tajikistan.

RFE/RL's correspondents found out the identities of two Tajiks who were buried in recent days in Tajikistan's Khatlon and Sughd regions -- 50-year-old Saidakbar Saidov and 38-year-old Ramazon Murtazoev, who served in the Russian Army and were killed in Ukraine.

Many Tajiks have dual Tajik-Russian citizenship which is allowed by a special agreement between Dushanbe and Moscow.

Moscow has not provided an update on casualty figures since early in the invasion, when it said on March 2 that 498 soldiers had been killed.

However, a NATO official told AP that the Russian death toll was likely to be between 7,000 and 14,000, although numbers on both sides are impossible to independently confirm.

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