The Kremlin's Secret War: Russia's Ghost Army in Ukraine (Full Length)

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The bitter conflict in Ukraine has cost thousands of lives, but the Russian government has continuously denied sending its soldiers to the frontlines, despite accusations to the contrary from NATO and Western officials.

Since August 2014, a small but steady stream of coffins began arriving in villages across Russia, containing the maimed bodies of soldiers killed in “unknown circumstances.” Some would be buried hastily at night or in secret funerals, their graves zealously guarded from prying outsiders. Journalists investigating the deaths have reported being threatened with intimidation and attacks.

In cases that the Kremlin could not so easily ignore, the dead or injured have been hailed as “volunteers” who entered Ukraine on leave from the army — heroes who fought unofficially for the freedom of their Russian-speaking brethren.

VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the mysterious deaths of dozens — possibly hundreds — of active-duty Russian servicemen who are believed to have been killed in Ukraine. Accounts gathered from soldiers’ families, human rights workers, and government officials cast doubt on the Kremlin narrative, revealing the unacknowledged sacrifices borne by Russia’s ghost army.

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💬 Comments on the video

Saying 'get out of the city' while slashing someone's tyres isn't too efficient.

Author — Heavygusto


The mother of the deceased soldier is such a brave and beautiful woman.

Author — Cybelle Burgess


The fact they can track you so easy tells you all you need to know, they control everything and nothing happens without their knowledge. No freedom of speech there, watch your six

Author — David Skaggs


So what happens to taxi guy after they see this documentary?

Author — eTheBlack


I cannot express my gratitude for all the people involved that haad the courage to speak up and put this together, this is true journalism, something that has become a rare thing today where mass-media is bombarding us with bits of information that is copied from other media centres, this is what can truly bring change into the minds of people and bring governments and organisations that are acting in their own intrests to justice

Author — Burdie Birdie


As a young boy I still remember the official (now debunked) U.S. Government line concerning no U.S. troops fighting in Cambodia or Laos during the Vietnam war. Time will tell for Russia as well.

Author — Mike Henley


Putin "There are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine! Period!"
Yet, russain soldier's bodies are piling up. Explain that Putin!

Author — StarCraftBoy100


2019. People always forget history. Especially russians.

Author — Colonel Viper Straight


It's ironic how Russia loves to call everyone else "fascist", seeing as Russia's justification for action in Crimea and the rest of Eastern Ukraine is the exact same Germany used for the Sudetenland. Seeing as fascism is defined as "reactionary authoritarian nationalism" typically brought about by a fear of decline and thus promoting romantic nationalism, ultra-masculinity and a vision of itself as anti-liberal, it seems Russia under Putin fills the neo-fascist criteria far more than ethnic Ukrainians who wave EU flags.

Author — Kingslea Hearne


The efficiency of Russian intelligence is pretty impressive, ref how fast they contacted the taxi driver.

Author — Andy V


The war continues in the comment section of Youtube

Author — Turbofox


800 of Putin's elite internet troll army got past defenses to the dislike button.

Author — zzman305


I feel like the good people of the world are systematically being eradicated and kept as quiet as possible like there's no war going on
It's happening now.

Author — Marcus Goodfolk


I love how most legitimate criticism of Russia are meat with deflections on how much everybody else sucks.

Author — infinit888


As a citizen of country that was invaded by SSSR as part of "friendly help" I think I have idea how they feel like. Go home guys, there is no need to die in foreign country for a guys that lets your country slowly starve just to fill his own ambitions.

Author — tarkurius


In the US, there's a very formal ceremony for every soldier killed in a war. And there's more freedom in the US than Putin's Russia.

Author — Droiz


"Do you love the government?" sounds just like Russian thinking. Reminds me of Breshnev

Author — SmithN' Wesson


Putin is using the same tactics his old bosses taught him. The Russians denied they were fighting in Afghanistan, but it became clear, now they are using better and modernized tactics but the old saying applies for Mr. Putin. 
"Ujku qimen e ndërron, por zakonin s'e harron." which means in English "The wolf may grow new fur, but he never forgets his habits." 
Just like Putin, he may have changed his suit and the way Russian people see him, but deep down he is still a KGB operative.

Author — Punished Illy


I miss this Vice when actual journalism was shown...

Author — Joseph Ybarra


I wanted to hug that lady so bad at 10:27 she's in my prayers

Author — The Young Don