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Russian newspaper mentions large number of victims in Ukraine and deletes them

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The Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, close to the Kremlin, published a large number of Russians allegedly killed in Ukraine, then deleted them again.

An online article on Sunday, citing the Defense Ministry, spoke of 9,861 Russian soldiers said to have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the war, according to an archived version of the text. That would be significantly more than the 498 dead that Moscow has officially confirmed so far.

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A few hours later, however, the relevant passage from the article in Komsomolskaya Pravda disappeared again. There was no immediate comment from the newspaper.

Other outlets puzzled by Monday’s article, pointing out that Sunday’s Ministry of Defense report did not contain any information about the Russians killed. Wall Street Journal journalist Yaroslav Trofimov wrote on Twitter: “Either KP.ru (the site) was hacked or someone leaked numbers and published them.”

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