At least 159 Russian troopers lost their lives since January till August 2015, according to the research published by Sergei Krivenko, Head of Military and Civil Relations Commission at the Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation (RBC).
The statistics on servicemen’s deaths is not available in Russia, so the human rights watcher conducted a research based on the data from open sources. The research showed that the most common cause of death was either a murder by comrades-in-arms or suicide, as well as accidents during military drills.
In order to check the information, Kryvenko plans to turn to the Investigation Committee and the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine or Syria are identified in the investigation’s results.
Russia has repeatedly stated its servicemen are not involved in the Donbas conflict. However, Ukrainian soldiers have been detaining Russian servicemen in the conflict area since its beginning in spring 2014.
Previously, Russian human rights watcher Elena Vasilyeva published a chart on Russia’s military losses in Ukraine. According to it, about 4360 Russian troops perished in Donbas so far. Vasilyeva says Russian Defense Ministry officially confirmed deaths of 900 of those.