Thursday, September 4, 2014

What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much.

Dear All,
Russia's psychopath leader, Vladimir Putin, used military force to annex "The Crimea" from the Ukraine and today he is doing the same to the territory of Eastern Ukraine to try and solidify his gains.
However, the Government of Ukraine is not giving up it's territory without a fight.  
The group “Mothers of Russia” are reporting that Russian soldiers are beginning to come home in pine boxes and the Russian government won’t tell them the truth of what happened.

On August 13th over 100 Russian soldiers from Regiment 331 were killed in a battle inside Ukraine according to the video below.

As the United States, NATO, and many other nations in the region begin to ramp up their lethal military aid, and forces to aid the Ukraine, there will be many more Son's of Russia coming home to their loved ones in pine boxes.

Another Russian madman, Putin, has set the course, for his nation, on the path of defeat when it could have chosen to join the nation's of the world in peace.

Will the Citizens of Russia ever learn to choose a leader for freedom for themselves and who will join the rest of the world in peace; with respect for its neighbors?

Ron Kirkish

What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much.

By Terrence McCoy August 29

Link to Video:

Russian mothers and wives looking for answers for why their sons and husbands came home in pine boxes

They are the nameless ones.
The faceless ones.
Called the “men in green,” they are a group of hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians fighting in Ukraine with neither identifying insignia nor official documents — soldiers in everything but name.
Instead, they’re called “volunteers.”

They’re called “vacationers.”
They’re “blood brothers,” as rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko described the Russians crossing the border to fight alongside him.

But such anonymity, which helps Moscow pretend that no Russian soldier fights in Ukraine, comes at a high cost.
Rights groups, activists and local journalists now allege that Russia, already burdened with a dark history of soldier abuse, has suppressed the truth of its own killed soldiers, obfuscated details of their demise and buried some of the dead in unmarked graves to hide their role in Ukraine.

And Russia’s response if its soldiers are caught: They’re wanderers who “accidentally” crossed the border.

This combination of handout pictures released by Ukrainian security service (SBU) press service on Aug. 26, 2014 purportedly shows Russian paratroopers captured by Ukrainian forces near the village of Dzerkalne, Donetsk region, some 20 to 30 km from the Russian border. (AFP PHOTO/ SBU PRESS-SERVICE/ STRHO/AFP/Getty Images)

Valentina Melnikova, who leads the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, told the Daily Beast she was “personally humiliated as a citizen of the Russian Federation by our commander-in-chief’s pure, direct crime.”
She said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “violating not only international laws, not only the Geneva Convention, [he] also is breaking Russian Federation law about defense.

And as for the [Russian airborne commander], we should be too disgusted to even mention his name.
He forces his servicemen to fight in a foreign state, Ukraine, illegally, while mothers receive coffins with their sons, anonymously.”

Another rights activist said he got a call from a Russian mother.
The woman said her son’s remains were dropped off at her house last week.

The accompanying documents said he had died of wounds — but there was no mention of where he died.
“She called other soldiers who served with her son,” Sergei Krivenko, of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council, told USA Today.

“These aren’t just civilians, but people who are following [military] orders. That is why we asked that these deaths be investigated.”
That battle in which the woman’s son died may have occurred on Aug. 13.

It was an eastern Ukraine skirmish that Reuters reported claimed the lives of more than 100 Russian soldiers.
Despite the high death count, news of the fight broke Thursday — more than two weeks later.

The Russian Human Rights Council told Reuters the bodies were found without documentation proving they had been in Ukraine and with death certificates saying they had died elsewhere.
“The soldiers serving on contract are given an order, and the columns go across Russia and they stop at a camp, as though part of a training exercise, on the border with Ukraine,” a council spokesman told the news agency.

“They take off all the [identification] numbers or blotch them out.”
Other soldiers, however, possibly had more than just a number obscured.

Numerous reporters, from the BBC to Reuters to local Russian journalists, have investigated what appear to be freshly dug, unmarked graves possibly holding the bodies of several Russian paratroopers who were killed last week in Ukraine.
Reuters reported that all online accounts of the men who were buried there have been removed from the Internet, as have photos of the soldiers that their families placed on their graves.

When Russian journalists traveled there, the BBC reported that men told them they would “never be found” unless they left.
“The [Russian] government is disavowing soldiers who are” in Ukraine, soldier activist Valentina Melnikova told USA Today.

She estimated that as many as 15,000 Russian soldiers have crossed into Ukraine.
The Post’s Karoun Demirjian reports that one mother fainted when she got a call from a neighbor — not the army — who had seen a picture of her son in captivity in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Demirjian said, the families of paratroopers went to a cramped office hoping to meet a representative of the military to get some information.
They waited about two hours before getting a meeting with officers, which lasted about five minutes and was inconclusive.

Later, some of them received calls from their sons in detention in Kiev, she reported.
Russia’s unwillingness to report soldier deaths reflects a dark precedent for its military, which has often peddled misinformation and trafficked in ambiguity.

Only at the very end of the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan did it specify that more than 13,000 had been killed, according to a 1988 New York Times report, with an official confessing that losses had been “quite heavy.”

Parents, unaware of what had happened to their sons, had ventured into the region in search of them.