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Russia Is Using Mobile Crematoriums to Hide Ukraine Dead

Mobile crematoriums are the latest Russian ruse.
Pro-Russian subtlety.

Pro-Russian subtlety.

Photographer: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums to destroy the bodies of its war dead, say U.S. lawmakers who traveled to the war-torn country this spring.

The U.S. and NATO have long maintained that thousands of Russian troops are fighting alongside separatists inside eastern Ukraine, and that the Russian government is obscuring not only the presence but also the deaths of its soldiers there. In March, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow told a conference, "Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the fact that Russian soldiers are fighting -- and dying -- in large numbers in eastern Ukraine."