Russian soldier died in a war that does not existPosted by Jonas Christensen on December 22, 2014
Anton Tumanov, who is a Russian soldier, died in Ukraine in August of this year. However, there is officially no Russian soldiers in Ukraine, if you believe the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin said at a press conference last week, “There is no Russian soldiers in Ukraine, only volunteers who fights for Russia.” Nevertheless, Anton Tumanov’s girlfriend, Nadesjda Tjernova, does not believe the president, and tells another story.
Anton Tumanov was sent to a military camp in southern Russia, and thought he had to stay there until his military duty was finished. A week and half later, the war in Ukraine started. After the war started, Anton wrote to his girlfriend that he and his colleagues were encouraged to go to Ukraine. They all refused, because they did not want to participate in an undeclared war. Only a couple of days later, the brigade was ordered to travel to a camp only a few miles away from the Russian-Ukrainian border. Anton called his girlfriend and parents to inform them that he was traveling to the border.
Anton got a direct order to enter Ukraine.
Until August 3, Anton still thought this was a drill, but then he was ordered to enter Ukraine. They went on short missions every second day until August 10. On August 10, Anton called his family and told them that his brigade was ordered to go help the Russian rebels in Ukraine. They were now in a war.
A Russian officer knocked on the door of Anton’s parents.
Anton’s parents did not hear any more from him once he was sent to Ukraine. Suddenly an officer knocked on the parent’s door, and gave them a death certificate. Their son was dead by blood loss, after a grenade hit him. It did not say where.
There is no official confirmation by the military that Anton Tumanov died in Ukraine, and Putin still says that there has been no Russian soldier in Ukraine. Normally there is also an investigation when someone dies while on military duty. Nevertheless, there has been no investigation in this case, or in one of the other cases where families claim that their sons have been killed in Ukraine.
No military official attended Anton’s funeral, says Nadesjda. She still wears black clothes four months after Anton’s funeral, a man she was going to marry when he had completed serving his country.
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