Lev Schlosberg, representative of the deputy assembly for the Pskow district in northwest Russia, was the first to speak openly about secret burials of soldiers from the Pskower parachute division.
“The community must know what’s really happening. To my great regret, the civil authorities as well as the defense ministry are not telling the truth,” Schlosberg told DW. “There is enough evidence that regular Russian troops – disguised as units of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – are taking part in the fighting in Ukraine.”
Valentina Melnikova of the Union of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia, an organization which works to exposes human rights violations committed by the Russian military, spoke of an exceptionally high numbers of troops.
“By my estimate, between 10,000 and 12,000 soldiers are taking part in the fighting in Ukraine,” Melnikovasaid. “That is my estimate – only the defense minister knows the exact number. There are parachutists and infantry. We’re not taking about mercenaries or volunteers, but regular soldiers.”