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Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin’s continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians fighting alongside rebels there are volunteers.

Evidence for Russians fighting in Ukraine — Russian Army equipment found in the country, testimony from soldiers’ families and from Ukrainians who say they were captured by Russian paratroopers — is abundant.

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