Staunton, June 25 – Even though the Russian media are providing ever less coverage of Ukraine and Russia’s involvement there than only a year ago (
But it is a measure of the way things are now under Vladimir Putin who continues to insist that “there were no Russian regular army units in Ukraine” that many people proved unwilling to talk about their losses even though these losses and their location are confirmed by new grave stones.
In 2014, cemeteries there filled up with graves without the names or any dates, but now there are new stones with names, dates, portraits, and unit affiliation, not only for losses in Ukraine but also for losses in Syria. The appearance of these new stones means that Russians now know both about their losses and about the lies the Kremlin continues to tell them.
Given how important cemeteries are in the lives of many Russians, this report, especially if similar developments are occurring in other parts of the Russian Federation, the Novaya gazeta article represents an important breakthrough, one that Russians, Ukrainians and people in the West should take most seriously.