Russia to classify information about deaths of Ukrainian soldiers

Russian military seeks to restrict access to information about relatives of soldiers killed in Ukraine, says submitted regulatory documents.

Troop casualties in peacetime special operations, Moscow’s official name for its nearly eight-week campaign in Ukraine, have previously been classified as state secret since 2015.

Under the proposed new rules, the Russian Defense Ministry wants enlistment offices to replace civilian authorities in issuing certificates that provide benefits to relatives of killed soldiers.

He explains the need to “limit the number of people with access to information about family members of Russian Armed Forces soldiers who died during special military operations in Ukraine.”

The proposal currently under public discussion comes as a growing number of relatives of the crew of the sunken Moskva missile cruiser have told media that their sons or brothers are missing.

The Defense Ministry said the Moskva’s crew had been evacuated, but did not specify how many.

Local civil authorities currently issue certificates that provide benefits – including pension bonuses and paid utilities – under rules established in 2013.

Enrollment agents are currently only authorized pay benefits to disabled relatives of soldiers, according to the BBC Russian Service.

Russia last revealed its losses in the first month of the war, reporting 1,351 soldiers killed as of March 25.

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