thousand of Russian servicemen fighting in Donbas, - Bellingcat’s report
Group, which is engaged in the military investigations from open sources, said
that over 10,000 Russian military could be brought to the conflict in Donbas.
This is stated in the report "Russian soldiers in Ukraine: the devil in
the medals," published on August, 31, Patriots Ukraine transmit.
the experts group noted that the earlier results of other studies indicated the
Russian soldiers who posted photos received medals. As the representatives of
Bellingcat, the value of these photos is that most state awards of Russia have
a serial number using which you can accurately determine the number of awarded
Experts say that
comparing the pictures of two medals handed at different times, you can see how
many medals were awarded during this period. In this connection they drew
attention to four Russian military medals. "We can prove that in 2014 and
2015, the number of medals suddenly and dramatically increased compared to the
number of medals handed by 2014.
A large number
of medals " For Distinction in Combat " – 4300 these medals were
awarded from November, 7, 2014 to
February, 18, 2016 - indicates that during this period the Russian army
has been actively involved in major combat operations
Thus, the data
indicate that in the period reviewed in the report more than ten thousand
medals of all four types were awarded to ", - the report states. In this
regard, representatives of Bellingcat say that in 2014-2015 thousands of
Russian troops took part in combat operations and were awarded medals for their
actions during these operations.
into account the evidence of the presence of the Russian army in the east of
Ukraine and its participation in hostilities, and given that the awards were
hardly awarded to the all Russian soldiers who took part in the Ukrainian
conflict, we can draw the following conclusions: most likely, much more than
ten thousand Russian military was involved in combat operations in eastern
Ukraine; most likely, tens of thousands of Russian troops participated or
contributed to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, " - statement said.
Bellingcat experts said, information discovered during the investigation
confirms the statements that there were thousands of Russian soldiers in
also allows to increase the lower bar of the number of Russian soldiers who
participated in the fighting in eastern Ukraine confirmed exclusively from open
sources" - representatives of the group said. Earlier Bellingcat
investigators group has published new satellite images that show the Russian
invasion of Ukraine.
satellite images show the deployment of Russian military vehicles and artillery
positions, and new ways of transition in Ukraine. Dates of satellite images
coincide with a major surge of activity of Russia in Ukraine near the post of
border crossings, including the emergence of Russian troops in the village,
located 10 kilometers
from the post of border crossing, "- report stated.
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