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Russian journalists say they have been attacked while investigating reports that soldiers were secretly buried after being killed in Ukraine.
The paratroopers were buried in a village near the western city of Pskov, where they were based.
What appears to be fresh graves of the killed paratroopers were first spotted in the village by Pskovskaya Guberniya, a local newspaper.
Its journalists say they were attacked at the cemetery.
When the deputy commander of the base arrived, he told the families that the soldiers in the videos had indeed been taken prisoner in Ukraine, Khokhlova says. But they were apparently the lucky ones. “They told us that two others from their group had been killed and some wounded,” she says, recounting the words of the officer who met with the families. “The wounded were taken back across the border to a hospital in [the Russian city of] Rostov.”
Lev Shlosberg, a lawmaker in the regional parliament, tells TIME that the funerals were held in total secret and that family members had been warned not to discuss the deaths with anyone.
“This sounds to me like a joke,” says Lidiya Sviridova, the head of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the region of Saratov. During a press conference on Tuesday in the regional capital, she called on the parents of all Russian soldiers to find out whether their sons have been sent to Ukraine and, if so, to publicly appeal to the state for answers. The families of numerous servicemen have gotten in touch with her asking for help in finding missing Russian soldiers, she tells TIME by phone from Saratov on Wednesday. “They could not all have gotten lost.”
Committee for Soldiers’ Mothers are also refusing to keep mum. “The silence in the official media is deafening,” says Shlosberg, the lawmaker in Pskov. “Everybody here knows what’s going on. Everybody is talking about it.” Everybody, it seems, except for Putin.
I wonder what the Russians are going to do with Putin and his cabinet ... how are the Russians going to solve this internal crisis. That's the big question here ... that atrocities are being committed by Ukraine, and supported by Western forces, and US. And that western media is downplaying it as "collateral damage", is known.
In case you didn't "comprehend" the issue here. Ukraine killing Russian soldiers, is an act of war ... wether they "accidentally" were in Ukraine or not. There is no state of war, between the two ... yet.