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Since the beginning of war in Donbas, some 4,000 soldiers and mercenaries from Russia have died in Donbas. That is the estimate of Elena Vasilieva, a well-known human rights activist.

In early August she
created the group called “Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia” in
social networks. Its name is a reference to dead bodies carried
across the border.

The name caught
attention of tens of thousands of people, and the group started
receiving information about regular army soldiers, officers and
former military who volunteered to fight and were killed in eastern
Ukraine.

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