An ex-convict Russian soldier said officers in Putin's army refused to collect the dead bodies of fallen troops.
The soldier told The New York Times that it let the Russian military dodge paying their families compensation.
Russia has often downplayed the number of its casualties during its invasion of Ukraine.
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An ex-convict gave horrific insight into serving in the Russian army, saying his officers refused to collect the dead bodies of soldiers from the battlefield so that the Russian military wouldn't have to pay their families, according to The New York Times.
In an interview, the soldier who served in one of the Russian Ministry of Defense's convict units — who was identified as "Aleksandr" — told the Times he was ordered not to collect the bodies of his fellow troops.
And last week, researchers with the BBC said they've identified more than 30,000 dead Russian soldiers by name, including 1,300 in the last two weeks alone. »