Mobile crematories

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This story has been published a dozen of times over the last year, with both sides claiming the other side is using "mobile crematoriums". The source of the story is a company in Saint Petersburg that makes mobile crematoriums, and has posted promotional photos and video on-line. The same photos have been used with claims that they were taken in Ukraine. In some versions of the story the crematorium is German and used by Ukrainian forces.


September 2014

BREAKING Per #Russian army soldiers' testimony #Russian army has brought to East #Ukraine a mobile crematory on a lorry. Body disposal.
This is #Russian army mobile crematorium brought to #Ukraine.
My God! The Russian regular army, supposedly “not belligerent” on the territory of Ukraine, had to attend to the serious problem of disposing of the corpses of its soldiers. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, more than two thousand had been killed. To this end, in the Rostov region mobile crematoria — Volva IN-50.1K-based trucks (developed in St. Petersburg) — were deployed. This was reported by Russian human rights activist Elena Vasilieva in an interview with Her comments “200 Loads from Ukraine to Russia” appeared on the social network Facebook. The trucks were seen near the Ukrainian border by at least two witnesses. The photo shows one of the vehicles.
Mobile crematorium IN-50.1K built on Volvo trucks
Valery Heletej, head of the Ukrainian defense ministry, also says that the Russians bear on the territory of Ukraine very large losses. Ministry of Defence to seek Russian military families looking for their loved ones. According to the Defense Ministry, part of the soldiers, however, he was buried by his colleagues in mass graves, which is why finding the dead is very difficult. Army Vladimir Putin, according to witnesses, the Ukrainian side, found a more discreet way to get rid of the corpses of their military ...
  • 12.09.2014 Liashko accused Poroshenko in using mobile crematoria, located near a field hospital in Novoaidar to hide true losses of the Ukrainian army. (Referred to satellite images for evidence)

January 2015

The bodies of the Russian soldiers killed in the Donbas conflict zone are being burned in mobile crematoriums by order of the General Staff of Russia, Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said on Wednesday on Ukrainian television’s 5th Channel, according to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

Alexandr Zakharchenko claims Ukraine has two German-made mobile crematoria in Izyum.

May 2015

The "mobile crematoria" hoax story surfaces again, this time on CNN.

Josh Rogin joins CNN's Brooke Baldwin about his report saying that Russia is using mobile crematoriums to burn its dead in Ukraine and hide proof that its soldiers are fighting there.
“The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told me. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.”
Thornberry said he had seen evidence of the crematoriums from both U.S. and Ukrainian sources. He said he could not disclose details of classified information, but insisted that he believed the reports. “What we have heard from the Ukrainians, they are largely supported by U.S. intelligence and others,” he said.
U.S. lawmakers say they have seen evidence from reliable sources that Russia is using mobile crematoriums to hide its involvement in eastern Ukraine’s unrest.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a Democrat colleague on the committee, made the claims in an interview with Bloomberg News.
“The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them. They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement,” Mr. Thornberry said, Bloomberg reported.
Russia is using crematoriums on wheels to burn the bodies of its soldiers who die fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Bloomberg's Josh Rogin reports.
"The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told Bloomberg. "They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement."
“Russia is clearly having a problem with their home front and the casualties they are taking from the war," Moulton is quoted as saying. "The fact that they would resort to burning the bodies of their own soldiers is horrific and shameful."
Where they burn books, the maxim goes, they will ultimately burn people. This prescient quotation predated the rise of the German National Socialists by over a century, but Heinrich Heine did not need a Nazi foil to identify where the authoritarian mindset that outright prohibits objectionable thought ultimately leads. Today, the international community’s cowed reaction to Russian aggression both on the foreign and domestic fronts seems to have reduced the axiomatic admonition “never again” to “well, maybe once in a while.” One of history’s greatest insanities threatens to repeat itself, and we dare not address the warning signs in the stark terms they deserve lest we acknowledge the gravity of the threat to our comfortable existences.
Leaked videos brought the mobile crematoriums to light months ago, but this is the first time that U.S. lawmakers have confirmed that officials believe the reports. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s security service, claimed as far back as January that seven truck-mounted crematoriums had entered Ukraine. “Each of these crematoriums burns 8-10 bodies per day,” he said.
Another element at the front lines of the battle between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists is the presence of mobile crematoriums, Security Service of Ukraine Chairman Valentyn Nalyvaichenko told a television audience in January. Mobile crematories routinely burn eight to 10 bodies of Russian soldiers daily.
The Kremlin was astounded to see reports in foreign media alleging that, in an attempt to conceal its military intervention in Ukraine, the Russian government has sent mobile crematoriums there to destroy the bodies of Russian servicemen killed in action.
"I doubt the authenticity of these statements, because such allegations surely raise doubts about the sanity of those who published them, not to mention those who could have potentially made them," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists on May 27.
Media reports citing US legislators who visited Ukraine and also US intelligence data alleged that Russia has brought in "mobile crematoriums" to Ukraine to hide casualties

February 2017

The bodies of many fallen Ukrainian soldiers, instead of receiving funerals, await a crematorium oven. According to other reports from Donbass, mobile crematories are actively working to burn the bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers and neo-Nazi militants in order to not "disturb" official statistics.


Turmalin, a company in Saint Petersburg, Russia makes mobile crematoria. In May 2015 the company announced that their crematoria are for handling animals or medical waste and NOT for funeral or gruz 200 tasks