Relatives of defendants in Nemtsov murder case to appeal to ECHRSociety & Culture June 29, 17:46
Russian shipyard may equip exported warships with latest air defense missile/gun systemMilitary & Defense June 29, 17:24
EU envoys ratify Ukraine Association AgreementWorld June 29, 17:15
Russian opera star Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna season concertsSociety & Culture June 29, 16:30
Samantha Smith: 10-year-old Goodwill Ambassador that embraced warmth during the Cold WarSociety & Culture June 29, 16:29
Paris sees new opportunities for dialogue on Syria with MoscowWorld June 29, 16:27
All five defendants charged with Nemtsov's murder found guiltyRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 29, 16:12
Putin to receive ex-US Secretary of State Kissinger ThursdayRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 29, 15:51
Russia’s missile early warning system helps ward off any threatMilitary & Defense June 29, 15:19
"They tell us three to five our troops are killed every day but it's a lie," co-chairwoman of Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers rights organization Oksana Stetsenko said, insisting that the the scope of losses in the country's war-torn Luhansk and Donetsk regions was grossly underestimated.
She claimed that the casualty figures only included servicemen and that the losses among police, borderguards, National Guards troops and volunteers were deliberately withheld, per secret orders by Andriy Parubiy, former chief of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said it could not answer their inquiries until completion of the operation.
Stetsenko claimed that the losses in Sloviansk re-taken by the Ukrainian troops ran into hundreds. "Town streets were strewn with bodies of servicemen and volunteers, and when the separatists withdraw, the bodies were buried in a mass grave," she said adding that the army alleged the victims "were local residents killed by the separatists.
In intense heat, the bodies began to rapidly decompose, and there is no way of telling when the identification procedure might be launched.The number of phone calls from servicemen's relatives has increased ten-fold this month, she went on.
"Apparently, they increase in proportion to losses," Stetsenko said. "We estimate that 40 to 60 servicemen have been killed daily in the past few weeks."
The activist said police were heavily guarding four refrigerated railcars with the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen killed in the Luhansk region. "They tell us it's a secret cargo, but they in fact store our dead sons there," she said.
On July 17, Ukrainian authorities sent six refrigerated railcars to the Donetsk region to evacuate the bodies of victims. The present location of these railcars is unknown.
The planned September 1 march aims "to stop this outrage." "Let the authorities look into the eyes of those whose sons they have not saved and whom they deny compensations," the rights activist said.