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Ukrainian Bloggers Hunt Down Russian Soldiers in War-Torn East

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Since conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Russia has adamantly denied any involvement in the bloody standoff pitting Ukrainian government forces against separatist rebels.
 
President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as "nonsense" claims that Russia is fomenting unrest in the region by sending soldiers to back the insurgents.
 
In Ukraine, however, a motley crew of investigative bloggers is hard at work to debunk what they denounce as a brazen Kremlin lie.
 
"The official stance of people in Russia is: 'We're not there but we'll be victorious,'" says blogger Anton Pavlushko. "The task of Ukrainian bloggers is to prove there are Russians in Ukraine."
 
(Read this article in Russian)
 
By Russians, Pavlushko means Russian soldiers -- not volunteers or soldiers on leave, as Moscow has portrayed them, but bona fide Russian servicemen on active duty.
 
Pavlushko, a mathematician by education, works as an IT specialist.
 

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