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Lawmaker probing Russian soldier deaths in Ukraine is attacked: Party

Published on Aug 30, 2014 11:56 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian opposition lawmaker who attended the secret funeral of a soldier apparently killed in Ukraine was in hospital on Saturday after what he said was a politically motivated attack.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Lev Shlosberg, who had been investigating Russian soldiers' presence in Ukraine, linked the assault late on Friday to his probe.

He told AFP some 100 paratroopers based in his northwestern town of Pskov had been killed in combat in Ukraine.

"An entire company was killed," the 51-year-old leader of a regional branch of the opposition party Yabloko told AFP by telephone, citing figures given to him by the soldiers' families.

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