The Russian government has released little information about those killed while fighting in Ukraine. Some have likened this policy to one used during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The secrecy may become more difficult to maintain if the death toll grows.

In an effort to break through the wall of secrecy, a website has been set up to help Russian people to find their relatives and friends who joined the rebels in Ukraine and then vanished.

Lost Ivan features photos of Russian soldiers and mercenaries who are known to have died in Ukraine or last seen in Ukrainian territory.

Boris Khrustalyov
Boris Khrustalyov, Russian army. Born on July 31, 1987. Killed on July 25, 2014 in Stepanovkalostivan.ru
Edward Ibragimov
Edvard Ibragimov, Russian army. Born 1991. Believed to have been shot in a battle near the village of Georgievka, Lugansk regionlostivan.ru
Alexei Shepel
Alexei Shepel, Russian army. Born on September 23, 1986. Killed in the battle of Ilovaiskayalostivan.ru
Sergei Gerasimov
Sergei Gerasimov, Russian army. Born on November 24, 1988. Killedlostivan.ru
Alexander Efremov
Alexander Efremov, Russian army. Born in 1992. Killed on May 26, 2014, during an attack on Donetsk Airport.lostivan.ru
Maxim Semenihin
Maxim Semenihin, mercenary from Russia, Born in 1985. Seen in Ukrainelostivan.ru
Nikolaj Videneev
Nikolaj Videneev, mercenary from Russia. Born on October 11, 1981. Killed on March 9, 2014 during an attack on the airport in Donetsklostivan.ru
Aleksy Y Urevich
Aleksy Y Urevich, Russian army. From St Petersburg. Seen in Ukrainelostivan.ru
Mikhail Milenko
Mikhail Milenko, Russian army. Seen in Ukrainelostivan.ru
Maxim Mezencev
Maxim Mezencev, Russian army. Born on January 4, 1990. Killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Ukrainelostivan.ru
Anatoly Travkin
Anatoly Travkin, Russian mercenary. Born on February 8, 1986. Killed in south-eastern Ukrainelostivan.ru