The Kremlin's Secret War: Russia's Meeting the Donbas Battalion: Russian 7 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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Gen.Aladeen Binladeen
5:03 This Opposition Journalist Dont Understand The "Geopolitical " Problem of Russia since the Time of Ivan the Great. Putin know the Game of Geopolitics. This Soldiers Died not For Putin. They Die For Russia,s "Long Term Security " Ukraine is Now Becoming a Satellite Country of "Satanist American CIA" That want To Spread the "Dirty liberalism ".
Raven Moore
Gotta love the Russians they say show me proof so we show the dead bodys and grieving mothers all in Russia and they say troll ahahaha
Alex Damian
Love how Putin is dumbing down and intoxicating all of his fellow Russians, will make for easy pickings when the US steps in
MrMike5814
well Russia still using Communist tactics
Hamayun Awan
Thn y u sent thm to army.
The army must hav to follow state's plans. Thy r brave soldiers.
Amecicans dogs always create medua game
samuel subba
VICE explain us about Iraq Afghanistan, syria, libya , veitnam, laos , Cambodia n black lives matters and many more.
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Worse than communism.
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2019 everything was all a show people every event leading to the point the world has reached was all simply in the name of globalization the elite have accomplished their agenda all and every government is rigged by huge corporation, corporate governance. We're all doomed the new world order is months away 2020 economic disaster will set the neo-Nazi fascist society as the dominant empire democracy failed 2008 economic crisis it never ended "electronic funds" were created to keep up our false democracy America will crumble the rich are the future the rest will be stepped on by the elite A WHITE SOCIETY, civil war is eminent our society that we know has been in the process of self-destruction since 1960 the new World order set for world domination the end is here
Maverick Su-35S
This "documentary" isn't showing the truth either, but a mix of lies trough bits of facts. As long as Putin lives, Russia is on good hands and of course it's attacked by those who want to bring it down, to kneel it and tare apart it's moral and spiritual values! It's not new to the Russians to be attacked through all the known forms of hatred and wars, since Napoleon! This all happens because Satan himself wants Russia to become as miserable as many western countries are already! God will save Russia and Orthodoxy in the end, then make the best cry heavily! Long live Russia! Love you Putin..., be the man...!
Pedro Vaz
God bless Russia for not letting Western Liberal Democracy (tm) do as it pleases.
Murtaza Alizadah
U SHUD ALL KNOW THAT THESE COMMENTS R CONTROLED TO MAKE A PROPAGANDA AGAINST PUTIN . PUTIN IS FIGHTING AGAINST THE DEVIL . U SHUD EXPECT ALOT OF THIS INORDER TO FOOL PEOPLE. MEDIA IS CONTROLED. THINK ABOUT HOW MANY COUNTRIES DOES AMERICA AND ISRAEL ATTACK EVEY YEAR A.NEW.COUNTRY. PUTIN HAS TO DO THIS .IF NOT 1 DAY U WILL REALISE THAT U R ACTUALLY PRISONERS . SLAVES WITH PASSPORTS THAT GIVES UR DETAILS CONTROLED BY U.S..
SuperParatech
He is supposedly a Russian journalist but he is writing is paper in Ukrainian. Strange if he is in Russia and publishing this as opposition media for Russian consumption. Any one else see that?

We have not seen where they are or been told why the opposition in Russia is publishing in a foreign language.
I am skeptical that the producers are showing all

Very upsetting about the consequences to soldiers and families :-(

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The only ppl who believe your defense department propaganda are the very same sheep who think a 2party system&a worldwide empire somehow equates to democracy and its false sense of manifest destiny.
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1:14: LMAO. Ironic, RT going against Putin's word. That's as rare as a feminist being intelligent.
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I think your reporting may have cost several people their lives.
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Meeting the Donbas Battalion: Russian The Kremlin's Secret War: Russia's 7 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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