Thousands of Russian mercenaries from among the servicemen of the RF Armed Forces participated in the armed conflict on the side of militants, and were awarded with medals for their actions in those operations, according to the Bellingcat’s report “Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Medals and Treacherous Numbers”. 

The analysis was based on the numbering of presented medals “for distinction in battle” their owners have posted on social networks from 2014 to 2016. The agency noted that the number of awards has increased significantly since the beginning of the armed conflict in Donbas.

Investigators came to a logical conclusion that tens of thousands of Russian servicemen could participate in the hostilities, since not every one of them was awarded such a medal.

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