30 Aug '14, 3pm

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

"He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was hard for all of them to say goodbye," Sokolova said, recounting their conversation from earlier this month. On Monday, 10 men from his division were captured in eastern Ukraine amid fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops. At least two others from the division were killed and an unspecified number were wounded. Sokolova, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, does not know the fate of her husband, and she said Russian military officials have released no information about the servicemen. She fears for his safety. Similar questions are being raised by families of other Russian servicemen about unexplained deaths and missing or captured soldiers who are said to be on military exercises. The answers could undermine public support for President Vladimir Putin and his policies in Ukraine. The government has r...

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