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Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine (Part 2)

In part two of a three part series, VICE News meets the families of Russian soldiers as they continue to search for answers about their missing and deceased loved ones, with little help from the Russian government.

The bitter conflict in Ukraine has cost thousands of lives, but the Russian government has continuously denied sending its soldiers to the frontlines, despite accusations to the contrary from NATO and Western officials.

VICE News travels to Russia to investigate the mysterious deaths of dozens — possibly hundreds — of active-duty Russian servicemen who are believed to have been killed in Ukraine. Accounts gathered from soldiers' families, human rights workers, and government officials cast doubt on the Kremlin narrative, revealing the unacknowledged sacrifices borne by Russia's ghost army.

In part two of a three part series, VICE News meets soldiers' families who are trying to find out what happened to their loved ones. They have many questions, but with little answers from the Russian government. Meanwhile, a handful of soldiers have reappeared in interrogation videos, after being captured on Ukrainian soil.

Watch Part One of "Russia's Ghost Army in Ukraine"

Watch "In the Trenches with the DNR: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 97)"'

Read "'It Is a Government Crime': The Coffins of Russia's Ghost Soldiers in Ukraine Are Coming Home"