Moscow ‘is now using its separatist soldiers as just cannon fodder’


Russian-backed separatists fighting in Ukraine are suffering staggering casualties, according to official figures, amid accusations that the Kremlin is using them as “cannon fodder”.

oscow has not introduced mass mobilisation since the war began on February 24, but forcible conscription has been in place for the two breakaway republics it supports in eastern Ukraine – the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

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