Donetsk, Jan 13 - DAN. DPR Operations Command handed over the bodies of three Ukrainian soldiers, who died in explosion in vicinity of Oktyabr 500m away from the Republic's defense lines, to Kiev representatives, DAN reports.

'"Today we hand over the bodies of the dead Ukrainian soldiers that were reported missing by the Kiev side several days ago. All three were found near Oktyabr village close to our positions," Command representative told DAN.

The procedure took place in Donetsk medicolegal morgue.

DPR Operations Command deputy commander Colonel Eduard Basurin said earlier that three Ukrainian soldiers reported missing while on duty on January 8 died in explosion of a mine 500m aeay from DPR defense lines in vicinity of Oktyabr village south of Donetsk.

Their bodies were evacuated by the Republic on January 11.*ot