As Russia continues its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 2,100 bodies in the custody of national police remain unidentified.

“It is impossible to predict how many there will be tomorrow, in a week, in a month,” Artem Shevchyshen, deputy chief of the main investigative department of the National Police of Ukraine, told the Ukrainian news outlet Suspilne.

Shevchyshen called for “massive DNA profiling,” to help the government identify bodies when national police get them.

In early March 2022, about 2,800 bodies remained unidentified due to the lack of comparative DNA material, Shevchyshen said.

On Monday, four people were killed and 38 injured in Russia's missile attacks on Ukraine’s Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and Khmelnytskyi regions early on Monday, Jan. 8. the police wrote on Facebook.


“The Russian army hit the city of Zaporizhzhia with missiles. Five people were injured. In addition, two apartment buildings, a car and civilian infrastructure were damaged. The Russian attack on the cities of Kharkiv and Zmiiv killed one person, injured five civilians and damaged two private houses and the regional vocational education center,” the police said.

In Khmelnytskyi, two people were killed and an apartment building was damaged due to Russian missile strikes.

At least four explosions were heard in Kharkiv in the morning. An enterprise and an educational institution were damaged and a 53-year-old woman was injured.

Late on Jan. 7 and early on Jan. 8, Russia launched a massive aerial attack on Ukraine, using cruise, ballistic, air and anti-aircraft guided missiles and attack UAVs.

Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed eight kamikaze Shahed UAVs and 18 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles.

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