Europe Putin classifies Russian soldiers' deaths while denying Ukraine buildup

Russian opposition activists released a report this month saying at least 220 serving Russian soldiers were killed in fighting in east Ukraine last summer and earlier this year.

Alexei Nikolsky, RIA Novosti/AP

President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine.