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 Putin's decree on classifying casualties is a 'misplaced effort' to cover up troop losses in Donbas - State Department

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U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke commented on the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which classifies information about the losses of personnel during special operations, even in peacetime.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing The Washington Times.

"We see this as a misplaced effort to cover up what everyone knows, and that is that Russian active-duty military personnel are fighting and dying in eastern Ukraine and that the Russian government is denying it," the department's spokesman said.

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Rathke also added that the United States also considered the new Russian decree as a blow to freedom of the press, which is an essential component of civil society. In this regard, he called on Russia to respect the principles of the Helsinki Final Act and other international documents relating to human rights and civil liberties.

The U.S. State Department noted that Russia's new decree should be viewed in the context of the events in Ukraine.
 
 
 
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