How two mothers recovered their sons from the battlefield in Ukraine

  • By Anastasiya Gribanova, Ivan Yermakov & Claire Press
  • BBC World Service

Lyudmyla Kupriychuk (left) and Natalya Karpova
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The war in Ukraine has caused enormous suffering and trauma to the families of fallen soldiers.

Lyudmyla Kupriychuk stood crying in a muddy field.

Her ex-husband wrapped their son’s body in a blanket.

“I was hysterical,” she says. “I said, are we going to take it home in the trunk of the car?”

“My ex-husband yelled, ‘Calm down, we just need to get out of here.’

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