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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italy Gets Remains Of 1,064 Soldiers

APHonor guards and an Italian priest attending a ceremony at the handover of the soldiers' remains at Chkalovsky on Wednesday.
Russian officials on Wednesday handed over to Italian officials the remains of 1,064 Italian servicemen and prisoners of war who were killed in the former Soviet Union during World War II.

The ceremony at the Chkalovsky military airfield outside Moscow was organized by Russia's War Memorials organization. Its representatives had exhumed the remains together with experts from the Italian Defense Ministry.

An Italian priest read prayers for the dead at the ceremony, which was attended by Italian Ambassador Giancarlo Aragona and Russian Defense Ministry officials.

Four soldiers carried a large wooden crate holding a container with the remains to a waiting plane.

Between 1991 and 2000, the remains of 6,860 Italian soldiers were repatriated to Italy for burial, Itar-Tass said.