Serditaja Chuvashia channel reported that 19 people were killed and at least 40 injured. Other leading sources said up to 120 soldiers were killed and wounded, and a battalion of Chuvash (an ethnic minority living in the Chuvash Republic, a part of the Russian Federation located in its European part – PAP) was completely routed. .
Ten military vehicles, including KAMAZ trucks and UAZ vans, were destroyed as the battalion’s convoy was preparing to move.
Russian officials neither confirmed nor denied the reports, but residents of Chuvashia were threatened with reprisals for spreading “false information.”
The nv.ua portal wrote that Chuvash, like other minorities, are more often recruited into the army than ethnic Russians.
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