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  •  There were thousands of volunteers. (3+ / 0-)
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    BobTheHappyDinosaur, pico, Timaeus

    They were not enough. Here is an article that might answer some of your questions about them:

    In August Putin must have realized that in order to win, Russia has to use regular troops instead of volunteers. Initially they sent a few battalions (that's where dead soldiers are coming from) but that didn't help. They had to proceed to a full-scale invasion.

    •  How reliable do you think this account it? (1+ / 0-)
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      I mean, I like Kostyuchenko for obvious reasons, so I'm trying to put up an extra wall of skepticism. It sounds plausible enough? I wasn't sure if the interviewee was confusing the Cossack division name with the ataman's, but otherwise...

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 12:02:21 PM PDT

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      •  I think it's pretty reliable given that it (1+ / 0-)
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        squares with other accounts I've seen. Use of military commissariats for recruitment, lots of cossacks and Chechens. I think there may be another stream of volunteers going directly to Strelkov, Bezler etc.

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