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The governor of Russia’s Southwestern region holds talks in Moscow after soldiers were killed in the Makhivika attack.

Samara Region Governor Dmitry Azarov speaks at the Samara Arena stadium on May 6, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Maxim Shemedov/Reuters)

The governor of Russia’s southwestern Russian region of Samara held talks with the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday after dozens of Russian soldiers were killed in the town of Makivka in the Donetsk region, Russian state news agency RIA reported. Novosti.

Some of the soldiers killed in the attack on the Russian recruiting school shortly after midnight on Sunday were mobilized from the Samara region, RIA Novosti quoted the governor of the Samara region, Dmitry Azarov, as saying.

The Russian Defense Ministry said 89 soldiers were killed in the attack. The Ukrainian military initially said around 400 Russian soldiers had been killed, but later said the number was “being clarified”.

CNN cannot independently verify the death toll from any party. Either way, the offensive was one of the worst episodes of the conflict for Moscow’s forces.

Azarov agreed “in full coordination with the actions of the Ministry of Defense and the region,” the company said.

According to RIA Novosti, issues related to medical care, additional uniforms and other issues for the army mobilized from the Samara region have been “resolved”.

“Officially verified data is very important now. When information about each serviceman becomes available, we will bring information to relatives and friends,” Azarov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti, citing the regional press service.

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On Wednesday, Azarov plans to meet with wounded Samara soldiers at a regional hospital in the city of Rostov-on-Don, state media reported.

Rituals for the dead at Makivika

Residents of Samara held a memorial service Tuesday for Russian soldiers killed in Makhivka. Residents gathered at Glory Square in Samara attended a memorial service and observed a minute of silence in memory of the soldiers, after which they placed flowers at the Eternal Flame, the agency said.

“I have not slept for three days, the city of Samara has not slept. We are in constant contact with the wives of our comrades. It is very difficult and scary. But it does not break us. Grief unites us … We will not forgive, we will definitely win,” according to RIA Novosti, local Ekaterina Kolodovkina, head of the women’s council of the military battalion, said.

A memorial ceremony was also held in the neighboring city of Togliatti, where members of the military, representatives of public and veteran organizations and residents gathered in the city’s Victory Park, the agency said.

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