Thursday, August 27, 2015

Russia accidentally reveals casualty figures from Ukraine

(Moscow) For the past few years Russia has categorically stated that it has nothing to do with the conflict inside its next door neighbour Ukraine. Besides the troops, tanks, artillery (and the odd jet liner getting shot down), Russia has no problem telling the world that "it wasn't me".

Well, it appears that the Russian military may have tripped up by publishing its finances. Russian news site Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) has revealed what seem to be official figures detailing the number of Russian troops killed and injured in "Eastern Ukraine." The site posted a piece titled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” and that as of 1 February 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.” The content was hastily removed, but it was webcached by the Ukrainian journal Novy Region (New Region).

Kind of explains why Putin decreed in May of this year that all military deaths are to remain state secrets.