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Russian troops are trying to sell looted Ukrainian goods in Belarus, Ukrainian defence ministry says

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A destroyed vehicle is seen on a highway on March 31, 2022 in Malaya Rohan, Ukraine.
A destroyed vehicle is seen on a highway on March 31, 2022 in Malaya Rohan, Ukraine.
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  • Russian troops are selling goods stolen from Ukrainians, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
  • They "arranged a specialized bazaar" in a small town in Belarus, officials said. 
  • They are selling gains from "looting and robbing the civilians in Ukraine," the defense ministry said.
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Russian troops have opened a market in Belarus to sell goods that they stole from Ukrainians during the invasion, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. 

The defence ministry said Russians are selling "washing machines and dishwashers, refrigerators, precious jewellery, cars, bicycles, motorcycles, dishes, carpets, artworks, children's toys, cosmetics."

"That is, everything that the Russians have gained by looting and robbing the civilians in Ukraine," the ministry said in a Facebook post on Saturday, adding that the Russians "arranged a specialised bazaar" in the small Belarusian town of Naroulia. 

The defence ministry said that a Russian "column of trucks with various properties - industrial goods and household things" is currently moving from the Ukrainian city of Buryn towards the Russian border.

Meanwhile, in the Belarusian city of Mozir, Russian troops are "unloading packages with things obtained by looting" from Russian military vehicles, the ministry said. 

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has dragged on into its sixth week, with unsuspectingRussian troops facing fierce resistance from Ukraine.

Russia's Defense Ministry announced last week that it would reduce its military assaults on Kyiv and Chernihiv, although the United States has remained sceptical of those claims. 

"We believe that this is a repositioning, not a real withdrawal, and that we all should be prepared to watch for a major offensive against other areas of Ukraine," Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said. 

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