Russia inadvertently posts its Ukraine casualties: 2,000 deaths, 3,200 disabled

A Forbes piece shows a screenshot of Russian news site Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn), which stated in an article titled “Increase in Pay for Military in 2015″ that, as of Feb. 1 of this year, more than 2,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in Ukraine and 3,200 military personnel had suffered heavy wounds. The article stated the Russian government has paid about $50,000 to the families of soldiers killed in the fighting and about $25,000 to the soldiers who suffered heavy wounds. After the article was published, Russian censors promptly removed the statistics about the dead and wounded soldiers. Earlier this year, Putin declared all Russian casualties in “peacetime” a state secret.


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