“We don’t want to hide, because we don’t know him”: in Zhytomyr Oblast, the mother brought the body of another fallen soldier

“We don’t want to hide, because we don’t know him”: in Zhytomyr Oblast, the mother brought the body of another fallen soldier


On November 5, the fallen soldier Roman Bogodvyd was brought to the village of Drigliv, Zhytomyr region, for burial. However, when the relatives opened the coffin, they saw the body of another soldier there.

Roman defended Ukraine for 11 days, the mother of the fallen soldier told the journalists of Suspilny.

According to the woman, the son was a marksman-medic of the 2nd mechanized division of the 3rd mechanized platoon of the 7th mechanized company of the 3rd mechanized battalion.

On the front line, a man was carrying wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

Mother of the fallen soldier Roman Bohovyd. All photos: Public

“On the fourth of September, the son was served with a summons, and already on the sixth of September, he was taken from Chernihiv. He was there for two weeks. Then he called and said that his unit was being sent to a position, and he would not be in touch for several days.”– says the mother of soldier Roman Bogodvyd.

A woman shows a notification, which says that her son Roman Bogodvyd died on October 28, 2023 due to a Russian missile hit near Bohdanivka, Bakhmut district.

On November 5, the defender’s body was to be brought to the village for burial. However, the relatives did not recognize the relative.

“His bristles were light, with gray hair, and this man black And my son’s nails were different round We took the coffin back to the morgue and there once again tried to identify Roman. My son had hair on his chest, and this child lying in the coffin has a clean, white body.” – says the woman.

According to Roman’s wife, Lilia Mesnykovich, when the coffin was brought, his brother was the first to come to see it.

Roman’s wife Lilia Mesnykovich

“When my brother left the house, he said that the deceased in the coffin did not look like Roman. Then I went in and saw that it was not Roman. We were shocked.” – says Lilia.

The woman was given the personal belongings of the dead man lying in the coffin, but she handed them over to the police.

“They gave me a broken, bloody compass, a chain, a wedding ring. I looked at them near the morgue and said that these were not my husband’s things. They told me that the wedding ring was on my husband’s finger, but we never wore wedding rings, even though we were married. There is no doubt: it is not my husband in the coffin”– added Liliya.

As Roman’s sister, Alina Vasin, said, when they announced that the body of a man they did not know was in the coffin, they began to be assured that it was the dead Roman Bogodvyd who had been brought to the funeral.

As proof that there is another man in the coffin, she showed a photo of her brother taken 14 days before his death.

Alina Vasin, sister of the fallen defender of Ukraine

“Roman and I are two years apart, how can I not recognize him? When he was 14 years old, he was bitten by a dog, and he has a scar on his face. The man in the coffin has no scars.

I showed the photo to the employees of the service that brought the coffin and said that it was not him. They proved that it was my brother and were nervous that we did not want to bury the deceased. And who to bury? How should we approach and say goodbye? With whom, if we don’t even know this person?”– said Alina.

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According to Oleg Klok, commissioner of the Zhytomyr Territorial Center for Equipment and Social Support, when the dead soldier was brought in, they did not open the coffin, but only saw the medical certificate of death.

Oleksandr Rets, Deputy Head of Moral and Psychological Support of the Zhytomyr Regional TCC and SP, said that the error occurred due to the human factor.

In that case, the body is returned to the morgue for storage, Oleksandr says.

Relatives should write a statement to the police to initiate criminal proceedings on the fact of a person’s disappearance. As part of criminal proceedings, a DNA examination must be conducted.

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