THE corpses of Russian troops killed by a US Javelin missile have been found by roadsides as Vladimir Putin attended a victory charade in Moscow.
The unhinged Russian tyrant watched freshly painted tanks and nukes rumble through Red Square to commemorate the end of World War Two.
Some 10,000 Russian troops – in polished boots and dress uniforms – paraded past St Basil’s Cathedral.
But The Sun saw real face of Russia’s armed forces – the bare teeth and hollow eyes of corpses rotting by roadsides – and the burnt-out hulks of tanks and trucks blitzed by Ukraine’s armed forces.
Ukraine claims 25,000 Russian troops have lost their lives in the conflict – more than double the number that took part in Moscow’s hollow parade.
Putin, 69, acknowledged Russia’s losses when he said: “The loss of each soldier and officer is a tragedy for us.”
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But the Kremlin has refused to admit how many soldiers have died.
The UK put the death toll around 15,000 last month, as Putin announced his dreaded second wave onslaught in the Donbas.
Two Russian soldiers lay dead on a verge near the remnants of US Javelin missile which may have been used to ambush them.
Another 11 Russian bodies had been laid in a shallow grave but were still uncovered yesterday.
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Sobbing residents said Russian forces had abducted more than 70 people and moved them into Russian territory during their two-month occupation.
They had been living without gas, electricity or phone signal for months and the begged The Sun to call their relatives, as soon as we reached phone signal, to tell them they were alive.
Anatoly Shkrabina, 67, said his son Nikita, 20, was arrested and never seen again.
Later his wife, his daughter, his son-in-law and his granddaughter Veronika, 9, were ordered onto buses at gunpoint and driven into Russian territory, he said.
“My family are trapped in Russia but none of us know what has happened to Nikita,” he said.
“The soldiers took him and no one has seen him.”
At least four civilians were killed and two others seriously wounded when the home they were in was hit by rockets.
Vilkhiva was once a wealthy retreat with three storey villas overlooking a river and fountains and pools in their gardens.
Now almost all of the homes are damaged and some reduced to rubble with artillery holes in their rooves and their walls
Ukraine’s President Zelensky accused Putin of launching a genocide with the forcible relocation of hundreds of thousands of people from Russian occupied areas.
He said Putin was like Hitler and bound the meet the same grim fate.
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“Only a madman can wish to repeat the 2194 days of war,” he said, referring to World War Two.
“The one who is repeating the horrific crimes of Hitler’s regime today, following Nazi philosophy, copying everything they did. He is doomed…and therefore he will lose everything.”
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