The defense Ministry responded to the Bellingcat report on the mass awarding of medals

The increase in the number of awards in the Russian army in 2014-2015 is associated with the intensification of military exercises in the years following the participation in which military personnel also receive awards, according to the Ministry of defence in his account in Facebook. In addition, a significant number of soldiers were encouraged “by the results of the implementation of measures of security (combat duty) of the XXII Olympic winter games in Sochi” and conduct counter-terrorism operations in the North Caucasus, said the Ministry of defence.

Bellingcat the assumption that the increase in the number of awards associated with the possible participation of Russian troops in the conflict in the Donbass, the Ministry denied.

“As in his early works, Bellingcat not hesitate to give as arguments the data is the same Ukrainian “shop” for itself under the telling title “information Napalm”. And shamelessly lie and distort, trying to “pull” the desired result is a mosaic leostatistic and citations of “official” data”, — stated in the message Department.