Remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers uncovered in western Latvia

The remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers were unearthed in western Latvia at a previously identified burial site, reported LTV May 7.

The Leģenda search party said that several pits were uncovered at Pampāļi, western Latvia, each containing the remains of 20 to 30 soldiers of the Red Army. The soldiers had died during the Courland Pocket battles in World War II.

Altogether, the remains of about 400 soldiers have been unearthed at the site thus far; seven of them have been identified via war honors they carried, or identification engravings on their personal belongings.

The site stretched under a regional road built under the Soviet regime, and was uncovered during roadworks. The site is now being excavated. 

Fifteen years ago, the remains of 140 soldiers were found at a nearby site the opposite side of the road, as a field was being ploughed. No info about the site was found in war archives. 

Russia will be informed according to an international treaty. The soldiers are likely to be reburied next year at the Pampāļi parish brothers' cemetery. 

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