Belarus buries remains of 110 Napoleonic soldiers

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Posted: Nov 02, 2012 10:06 AM
Belarus buries remains of 110 Napoleonic soldiers

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The French ambassador in Belarus has attended a burial ceremony for 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle against the Russian army.

Tens of thousands of French troops died in November 1812 when the Russians attacked French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's army as it was crossing the Berezina River on a punishing retreat from Moscow.

The remains were excavated by a Belarusian Defense Ministry unit that searches for soldiers' remains. On Friday, they were buried at a cemetery in the village of Studenka, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital of Minsk in a ceremony attended by French Ambassador Michel Raineri.

In previous years, Belarusian authorities have buried hundreds of remains of Napoleonic soldiers found in the same area.