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Putin declares Russian military deaths in peacetime state secrets
Putin declares Russian military deaths in peacetime state secrets

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday outlawing disclosure of military deaths in peacetime, a move apparently aimed at hiding evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine. The decree published on the government information portal amends a 1995 list of state secrets to add military deaths "in peacetime during special operations" to the already classified "information disclosing losses in manpower in wartime," the Tass news agency reported. Putin has denied funneling Russian troops or arms to pro-Russia separatists waging war against Ukrainian government forces for control of the country's eastern industrial...

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