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Russia's heavy casualties in Ukraine spark outcry and rare official response

By Mary Ilyushina and Annabelle Timsit

07 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

We know that public criticism of the Kremlin is risky in Russia. But as the Washington Post reports, soldiers and family members are leading a public outcry over the "slaughter" of Russian troops.

RIGA, Latvia - Steep Russian casualties in key battles in eastern Ukraine have prompted an unusual public outcry - and sharp criticism of military commanders - by surviving soldiers, and family members of recently conscripted fighters, who say their units were led to slaughter in poorly planned operations.

The uproar over battlefield losses near Vuhledar in the Donetsk region prompted an official statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, which sought to play down the reportedly high death toll among soldiers in the 155th Separate Guards Marine Brigade, which led Moscow's offensive in the area.

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