The Kremlin's Secret War: Russia's Meeting the Donbas Battalion: Russian 5 months ago   29:15

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The bitter conflict in Ukraine has cost thousands of lives, but the Russian government has continuously denied sending its soldiers to the frontlines, despite accusations to the contrary from NATO and Western officials.

Since August 2014, a small but steady stream of coffins began arriving in villages across Russia, containing the maimed bodies of soldiers killed in “unknown circumstances.” Some would be buried hastily at night or in secret funerals, their graves zealously guarded from prying outsiders. Journalists investigating the deaths have reported being threatened with intimidation and attacks.

In cases that the Kremlin could not so easily ignore, the dead or injured have been hailed as “volunteers” who entered Ukraine on leave from the army — heroes who fought unofficially for the freedom of their Russian-speaking brethren.

VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the mysterious deaths of dozens — possibly hundreds — of active-duty Russian servicemen who are believed to have been killed in Ukraine. Accounts gathered from soldiers’ families, human rights workers, and government officials cast doubt on the Kremlin narrative, revealing the unacknowledged sacrifices borne by Russia’s ghost army.

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Sulfen
Such a shame that another generation of Russians will be lost to corruption and poverty.
yetisuncle
if you want lies to believe in then watch vice news. bullshit propaganda
mad Rascal
Americans don't forget what you people have done in middle East . You people shouldn't be talking about illegal invasions. Your country thrive on suffering of other countries .
Soviet Chicken
The first russian soldiers grave they saw was killed on my 10 birthday its a unfortunate thing that poor soldiers were killed and died on a day of someone esles celebration
Dave Coyle
The Russians are such liars !!
GARY
Stop Rasha no War and occupation Ukraine, Donbass is Crimea Ukraine. Glory to Ukraine Soldiers.
Ernesta Tolvaišienė
Fucking russian terorist. I am smile then russian soldier die😃
R U S L A N
Fake news!!!
Slave
Its ironic that people just make up shit and make news
Slave
Fake
Rasin Ven
Nazzi Vice news suport Nazzi Ukraina War against CIVIL IN DONJECK and LUGANSK. Rusian warior want to help ANTINAZZI DONBAS
a ahir
I fear Russia now really in America media shout on Trump and here worst
a ahir
I will shoot Putin in head bastard he act in video to visit his brother grave he doesn't even care for living human
Andrew E
Well, at least here in the USA we can talk about BS wars. It doesn't help but we can talk about them.

Oh, wounded soldiers being abandoned happens in the USA too. I guess its worse in Russia because I hear they do conscription (USA people volunteer and should know what they're getting into).
Shania Jean
This is irreverent to the video but that Sergey Khokhlov is so handsome 😍
daysErlock
2k dislikes from Russians just learning the truth
Ainul Akmal Hisham
Lev Schlosberg = Russian name
Rara Neagra
Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Ukraine hero's !
Looks like some Ukraine hero's stomped the shit out of some filthy Russians.
mirekchance
Ya, Ukrainian arm forces got lost and crossed to Russia....FACT
And it said That Russian nation cant help to fellow Russians that were alienated in Ukraine after Maydan by over the top Ukrainian nationalists.:(
Another SAID FACT, Ukrainian forces couldnt defeat Donetsks commanders, so they assassinated them at their homes and offices.:(
You dint deserve that Givi :{
Kalorashka Kacapovna
YOUR ARE the loosers, not russia. cuz you let those fuckers do that, idiots
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Meeting the Donbas Battalion: Russian The Kremlin's Secret War: Russia's 5 months ago   11:55

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With the Ukrainian army struggling to contain the grab for power by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the Donetsk Oblast, armed pro-Ukrainian militias have been quietly taking matters into their own hands.

One of these groups, the Donbas Battalion, has been attacking DPR checkpoints and occupied buildings. After two weeks of careful negotiations they finally agreed for VICE News to visit their clandestine base in what used to be a children's summer camp in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk region. They were cautious about revealing their location as their last HQ was discovered and attacked by pro-Russia forces, forcing them to find an alternative.

We watched them train and interviewed their leader, Semyan, before being invited on an operation the following day. In the town of Velyka Novosilka, the Donbas Battalion tore down the DPR flag and replaced it with Ukraine's colors, reinstalled the pro-Ukrainian administrator, and lectured the local police on loyalty and duty — all at gunpoint. We then left Velyka Novosilka quickly, as there were reports of armed pro-Russia groups heading our way.

The Ukrainian army's "anti-terror" operation has so far failed to dislodge separatists from their strongholds in Sloviansk and Donetsk. But the flexibility of the Donbas Battalion, and other groups like it, could help turn the tide in Kiev's favor. Equally, they could help further destabilize an already volatile region. Yet with the Ukrainian presidential elections taking place on May 25, it's likely that Semyan and his men will be busy in the days ahead — and we'll soon find out.

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