Since the beginning of the offensive, the Russian army has lost a quarter of its generals in Ukraine, as well as an admiral.
At firstspecial military operationin Ukraine, Russia suffered heavy losses, both human and material. The reported reports should obviously be taken with great caution as the battle for information is in full swing. But Ukraine counted about 15,000 Russian soldiers killed on March 19. For its part, the Kremlin hardly reports these figures. His last list is dated March 25 and totaled 1351 dead. But one Russian newspaper cited 9,861 deaths before promptly retracting the article. The truth most likely lies between them. Possibly 7,000, as Pentagon officials have indicated. The newspaper “New York Times last week. But these losses are not the most alarming for the Russian army. In recent days, Ukraine and Western media have reported the deaths of at least six generals and an admiral since the start of the war, although one of them recently reappeared on video.
Two of them have been confirmed by the Kremlin. But that figure would mean that Vladimir Putin’s troops have lost more than a quarter of their generals in less than a month, with various analysts putting their numbers on the ground at around twenty. How can such a high mortality rate be explained? It seems unlikely that these senior officers would be close enough to the front lines to come under enemy fire. Have they come unusually close to regaining control of badly started operations? Or is Ukraine specifically targeting high-ranking Russian officers? AT wall street magazine a member of President Zelensky’s inner circle said there was a military intelligence group in Ukraine tasked with tracking down the Russian officer class. Le Figaro sums up the generals declared dead since the beginning of the war.
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky
Commander 7and airborne division and deputy commander of the 41stand Combined Arms Army Major General Sukhovetsky was reportedly killed in action at the start of the Russian offensive (between 28 February and 3 March). The causes of his death vary according to sources. In accordance with Independent , this seasoned general was killed by a sniper during the siege of Mariupol. However, 41and The army has been operating since the beginning of the war in northern Ukraine, far from the Mariupol region. Sukhovetsky, most likely, died during the terrorist attack at the Gostomel airport.
The death of this high-ranking officer is so far the only one confirmed by the Russians. First, by a group of veterans, then by the Pravda news site, which circulated a message from one of the comrades-in-arms on social networks. Without naming him, Vladimir Putin himself in his speech confirmed the death of the general a week after the start of the conflict. Andrei Sukhovetsky was awarded for his participation in the annexation of Crimea. He also participated in the Georgian and Syrian campaigns of Russia.
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Major General Vitaly Gerasimov
A veteran of the Second Chechen War, the Syrian campaign and the annexation of Crimea, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov was the chief of staff of the 41stand combined army. According to Ukrainian intelligence, he was killed on March 7 near Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine along with other high-ranking officers. The circumstances of his death are unknown, and Russia did not report this death.
On the other hand, the very serious investigative website Bellingcat confirms Gerasimov’s death from a Russian source. The journalists also had access to an intercepted conversation between two employees of the FSB of Russia, in which they spoke about the death of the general and complained about their means of communication. If this loss is confirmed, it will be the second senior officer of the 41st division.and the army has been reduced.
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov
Commander of the 29thand Combined Arms Army Major General Andrey Kolesnikov was reportedly killed in action on 11 March under unclear circumstances and at an unknown location. His death was confirmed by NATO representatives and adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko in his Telegram channel. The Kremlin did not announce his death.
Major General Oleg Mityaev
Commander 150and A Russian motorized rifle division created in 2016, Major General Oleg Yuryevich Mityaev, was reportedly shot dead around March 15 while taking part in the siege of Mariupol. In Telegram, Anton Gerashchenko published a photograph, according to him, of the body of the deceased officer. He clarified that his unit was created specifically to participate in hostilities in the Donbass. Often referred to as “neo-Nazi”, the Azov Regiment claimed these losses, which were also not confirmed by the Kremlin.
Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev
It is reported that the commander of the 49th Russian Army, Lieutenant Yakov Rezantsev, was eliminated by a Ukrainian strike on the Chernobyvka airfield near Kherson. In any case, this was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine at the end of last week. The Kremlin also did not confirm this death. Thus, the Russian army does not look safe in the Kherson region, even though it has besieged the city since the beginning of the war.
Vice Admiral Andrey Paly
Andrey Paliy, deputy commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is reported to have died in combat between Russian and Ukrainian forces near Mariupol, Russian officials said on Sunday (March 20). “Andrei Nikolaevich Paley died in the battles for the liberation of Mariupol from the Ukrainian Nazis.– wrote the Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev in Telegram.
According to him, Andrei Paly, “a real officer from a military dynasty“who enjoyed”great power over the fleetA Russian who died Saturday in clashes around Mariupol, a strategic port city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged by the Russian army for weeks. According to Russian media, in 2020 Andrei Paly was the deputy commander of Russian troops in Syria, where Russia has been carrying out military intervention since September 2015 in support of the forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev?
Commander 8and Lieutenant General of the Russian Army Andrei Mordvichev would also have been eliminated by a Ukrainian strike on the Chernobyvka airfield near Kherson, as well as his colleague from the 49th Army, Yakov Rezantsev. This was stated by the adviser to President Zelensky Alexei Arestovich. Again, the Kremlin did not confirm this death.
And it’s not for nothing that General Mordvichev reappeared in a video posted on Monday, March 28, on social networks. In this undated and therefore impossible identification document, a senior officer hugs Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who, according to Russian media reports, recently traveled to Mariupol to activate his troops.
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