Russian Defense Ministry: Online List Of Army Units ‘Relocated To Ukraine’ Is A Fake – 29 August 2014

RT logoRussia’s Defense Ministry has denied the veracity of a list of military units that a human rights blog claimed have been amassed in the warzone in eastern Ukraine, saying it has “no relation to reality.”

“We have studied the contents of this hoax, and are obliged to disappoint its overseas authors and their few sympathizers in Russia, who have joined forces to publish their ‘revelations’ about the Defense Ministry,” spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement cited by Russian news agencies.

“Their scoop bears no relation to reality,” he added.

The list of units – variously referred to by the authors as having been “moved to the conflict area” and “stationed on the southeastern border with Ukraine” – was published Tuesday afternoon by a blog belonging to a low-profile Russian veterans’ organization, Forgotten Regiment. The group is headed by human rights activist Elena Vasilieva, who recently claimed that bodies of dead Russian soldiers have been coming back en masse from eastern Ukraine.

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