Russia suffering shortage of dead bodies despite 168,000 killed in Ukraine

Russia is reportedly suffering from a shortage of dead bodies despite the hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed in Ukraine.

This is said to be creating a problem for doctors in the country, who are forced to go abroad to experience dissections.

Telegram channel Baza cited Aleksey Ivanov, the head of a private anatomical lab in Russia, who said medical students are travelling to countries such as Georgia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan to learn with cadavers.

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That is, despite the Ukrainian military's latest estimates putting the total number of Russians killed in the war at over 168,000.

Baza reported that global sanctions placed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine has led to its supply of corpses, which mostly came from the US before the war, drying up

This has forced Russian medical schools to adopt different techniques to train their future doctors.

Maria Potemkina, head of a high-tech educational development team at the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University in Moscow, said in November that students are now being trained using virtual reality.

"Simulators created using VR technologies provide high reliability and the maximum effect of immersion in the real work of a doctor," she told

"The student can assess the patient's condition, including using instrumental research methods, and conduct treatment, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"In my opinion, and in the opinion of experts, VR simulators are valuable because we can use them to safely [re]create life-threatening situations for both the doctor and the patient, which we cannot recreate during training."

Vladimir Putinadmitted last monththat sanctions against Russia have been bleeding the country’s economy since it invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

He said in an address: “We are living under the constant pressure from abroad – I mean all these endless sanctions.

“As we all see, we are passing through all these sanctions with a cool head.

“[The sanctions from the West] can only be the expansion of the sphere of freedom and protection from the side of law enforcement authorities on the whole and the judicial system in particular.”


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