Police in Ukraine will learn forensic techniques from their Japanese counterparts, Japan’s National Police Agency said Thursday. Many of the Japanese officers had to identify bodies after the 2011 earthquake disaster, the agency said, thereby preparing them for the task of performing autopsies on victims in the war-torn Eastern European nation.

Japanese police, for the first time since Russia's invasion in February 2022, extended the offer to assist Ukraine, with a total of 10 senior officials from the forensic department of Ukraine's National Police service expected to arrive in Japan as early as July 10 for a multiple-day stay.

According to Ukraine, there are tens of thousands of unidentified bodies in the country, and the government country is believed to be accelerating the work of identifying bodies since spring after it was suspended during the winter snow.