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2000 Russian combat dead fighting in Eastern Ukraine?

August 26, 2015

Summary: Russia financial data, accidentally released, seems to confirm extensive Russian military activity – including 2000 Russian military deaths – in Eastern Ukraine

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Update as at 1 September.  There seems to be a certain amount of media debate over the original source and ultimate validity of the original report – no one able to independently confirm the stats.

A very interesting snippet from Forbes suggesting an accidental release by Russian authorities – rapidly deleted when the error was recognised – of Russian casualties fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

Web-archived material removed by Russian censors containing casualty figures.  “Compensation of military personnel taking part in military actions in Ukraine in 2014-2015.” In addition, the Russian government, in a decision about the monetary compensation of military personnel taking part in military action in eastern Ukraine, approved compensation for families of military personnel who were killed taking part in military action in Ukraine of three million rubles (about $50,000). For those who have become invalids during military action, the compensation is one and a half million rubles (about $25,000). A payment of 1,800 rubles is envisioned for contract “fighters” for every day of their presence in the conflict zone. In all, as of February 1, 2015, monetary compensation had been paid to more than 2,000 families of fallen soldiers and to 3,200 military personnel suffering heavy wounds and recognized as invalids.”

Sovietologists found many secrets of the USSR by digging into the Soviet press and technical and financial trade journals. That fallen and invalided military personnel are compensated must be reflected somewhere in budgets. As reported in Delovaya zhizn, compensation payments for those killed and invalided in Ukraine came to almost twenty million dollars

Russia officially denies any military involvement in Eastern Ukraine.  The rest of the world begs to differ.  But reported here the figures suggested over 2,000 soldiers killed and over 3,000 rendered “invalid”- presumably the loss of at least one limb or similarly major traumatic wound.  One can only speculate as to the number of wounded on top of this that do not qualify for invalid status.

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