Another Russian general has reportedly been killed in the fighting during the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, this comes as the seventh one to die according to reports in the country.
“Ukraine’s defence ministry says another Russian general, Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, was killed in a strike near the southern city of Kherson. Rezantsev was the commander of Russia’s 49th combined army,” stated a report from the BBC. “A western official said he was the seventh general to die in Ukraine, and the second lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed.”
This new report also stated that a series of communications intercepted from between Russian soldiers seemed to indicate that his troops were not at all happy with how he was leading because he had made the claim that the war would be in scant few hours just a few days after it had started.
“Ukrainian media reported on Friday that the general was killed at the Chornobaivka airbase near Kherson, which Russia is using as a command post and has been attacked by Ukraine’s military several times,” continued the report. “Ukrainian media reported on Friday that the general was killed at the Chornobaivka airbase near Kherson, which Russia is using as a command post and has been attacked by Ukraine’s military several times,”
This most recent incident crops up in the wake of news last week that stated that one Russian brigade commander was allegedly killed by his own troops seemingly in response to the horrendous number of losses the unit suffered throughout the ongoing invasion of Ukraine while under his horrible leadership.
“A Russian brigade commander has been killed deliberately by his own troops after his unit suffered many losses in Ukraine,” stated Deborah Haynes, a reporter for Sky News. “Colonel Medvechek, commander of 37 Motor Rifle Brigade, was run over by his soldiers.”
“The brigade commander of one of the units was killed by his own troops…we believe, as a consequence of the scale of loss that had been taken by his brigade,” stated one Western official to Haynes. “That just gives an insight into perhaps some of the morale challenges that Russian forces are having.”
“We believe he was killed by his own troops deliberately,” claimed the official. “Indeed we believe he was run over by his own troops and I believe he was the commander of the 37 Motor Rifle Brigade.”
It was revealed by The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this past week that it believes that the Russian invasion forces have suffered a staggering 40,000 casualties through the assault, which started just about one month ago.
This number, which is made up of troops that were killed, wounded, missing in action, or taken prisoner, came into existence using figures provided by Ukraine, the information given by Russia, and intelligence information from various open sources.
“The senior NATO official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the organization believes between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, and that the 30,000 to 40,000 estimated casualties are “based on the assumption that for every soldier killed, three are wounded,” stated The Washington Post in a report. “Death tolls have been hard for independent observers to verify during the conflict, with the fog of war making solid information difficult to obtain and the ferocity of the conflict impeding efforts to count the dead. Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 1,300 members of the Ukrainian forces have been killed, but The Washington Post has been unable to verify that figure. Russia has not updated its official figure of 498 dead and 1,597 wounded since announcing it one week into the invasion.”