The journalists analyzed 10,000 posts on the Russian social network VK about the missing during a full-scale war and found out under what circumstances the Russian occupiers disappear.
The average life expectancy of a serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the war in Ukraine is 60 days. This is the conclusion reached by the journalists of Novaya Gazeta. Europe after analyzing 10,000 publications in VK groups about the missing.
“60 days – so much, on average, the soldiers participated in the war before they stopped communicating. It takes months to search, and the fate of at least 85 soldiers is unknown to their relatives even after six months of searching,” the authors of the study write.
Some Russians still hope to find their loved ones who stopped communicating during last year’s assault on Mariupol.
The publication notes that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation does not recognize losses and does not provide assistance to the relatives of those killed in the war either in search of bodies or in providing information. Thus, relatives cannot bury the dead, as well as receive compensation for their death.
Thousands of Russian soldiers are listed as missing
It is reported that since February 24, 2022, announcements about 1,365 missing servicemen have been published on the Russian social network VK. In addition, soldiers of the RF Armed Forces began to disappear even before the full-scale invasion.
The journalists emphasized that this figure is greatly underestimated, since not all Russians dare to report loved ones who have disappeared in the war on social networks.
According to the leader of the Citizen. Army. Right movement, Sergei Krivenko, the missing are mainly the dead, whose bodies have not been found. He also added that there are a lot of questions to the Russian thesis “we do not abandon our own”, since the Russian Defense Ministry does not show any desire to organize a full-fledged search for the missing military.
Recall that on February 26, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said that the Russian Armed Forces launched a major offensive in the Donbass, during which they lose several hundred soldiers every day. According to the head of the defense witchcraft, in Bakhmut, the Russians lose 500 people killed and 900 wounded per day.
According to the Center for National Resistance on February 27, the bodies of Russian invaders who died in the war in Ukraine are stored in warehouses for months. They are kept “missing” for as long as possible in order to delay the payment of compensation to the family.
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