Russia issues rare denial of "pointless losses" by brigade in Ukraine

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LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry took the antithetic measurement connected Monday of denying reports by Russian subject bloggers that a naval infantry portion had mislaid hundreds of men successful a fruitless violative successful eastbound Ukraine, the state-owned RIA quality bureau said.

It said the ministry had rejected the bloggers' assertions that the 155th marine brigade of the Pacific Fleet had suffered "high, pointless losses successful radical and equipment".

On the contrary, successful the people of 10 days the portion had precocious 5 km (over 3 miles) into Ukrainian antiaircraft positions southwest of Donetsk, RIA quoted the ministry arsenic saying.

It specifically denied that the brigade's commanders had shown incompetence.

"Due to the competent actions of the portion commanders, the losses of marines for the fixed play bash not transcend 1% of combat strength, and 7% wounded, a important portion of whom person already returned to duty," it said.

The uncommon denial suggested the reports had touched a earthy nervus astatine a constituent successful the war's ninth period erstwhile Russian forces are nether dense unit successful partially occupied regions of Ukraine that Moscow has proclaimed arsenic its ain territory - actions denounced arsenic amerciable by Kyiv, the West and astir countries of the United Nations.

Russian subject bloggers, immoderate of whom bid audiences of fractional a cardinal oregon much connected societal media, person go progressively captious of the failings of Moscow's generals since Ukraine recaptured ample parts of the northeast of the state successful September.

Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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