Remains of Soviet Red Army soldiers uncovered in Germany

Joachim Kozlowski of the German Association for the Preservation of War Graves recovers the remains of a Soviet soldier near a motorway outside Seelow, Germany, 8 May 2017. Bomb disposal experts discovered a mass grave containing the remnants of the bodies of Soviet soldiers.

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BERLIN -- Seventy-two years after the end of World War II, a construction crew has found the remains of at least 21 Soviet Red Army soldiers in eastern Germany. 

The remains of the Soviet soldiers were found in the town of Seelow, 43 miles east of Berlin, during the construction of a bike path. 

Joachim Kozlowski from the Volksbund charity that takes care of war graves told the German news agency dpa on Monday there were probably more bones in the ground. 

Kozlowski said experts will try to identify the soldiers' remains. He said they likely died during the last days of World War II, in the final battles for Berlin between the Soviets and Nazi Germany.

Some 33,000 Soviet and Polish soldiers, and about 12,000 Wehrmacht ones, were killed around Seelow. 

On Sunday, Germany authorities acted on another World War II-era discovery. Authorities were evacuating around 50,000 people from their homes in the northern city of Hannover while five suspected aerial bombs from World War II were made safe for removal. 

City officials said two suspected bombs were found at a construction site and three more nearby. Leaflets in German, Polish, Turkish, English and Russian were delivered door-to-door to make sure everyone evacuated.