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7 Russian Generals Killed In Ukrainian War So Far: Western Officials

The Kremlin claimed on Friday that just over 1,300 military personnel had died in the war.

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Western officials on Friday named seven Russian generals they say so far have been killed, and another who has been fired, during the war in Ukraine.

The latest to die, Lieutenant General Yakov Rezanstev, was the commander of Russia’s 49th Confederate Armed Forces in its southern military district, an official revealed.

Meanwhile, Russian Army Commander General Vlaislav Yershov, of the 6th Combined Armed Forces, was identified as the general fired earlier this week by the Kremlin.

It has been reported his sudden dismissal was due to huge losses and strategic failures seen during the month-long Russian military invasion of his neighbor.

Among others said to have been killed was General Magomed Tushaev, of the Chechen Special Forces deployed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.

The number of both high-ranking Russian soldiers and senior officers allegedly killed in the month-long war has shocked Western military and security officials.

It has been blamed in part on communications and logistics issues, causing senior officials to use unencrypted channels that have exposed them to the Ukrainian military.

The Kremlin claimed on Friday that just over 1,300 military personnel had been killed in the war, but an estimate of four or five times that number is seen as credible in the Western capital.

Officials there believe about 20 of the 115-120 battalions of the tactical group deployed by Moscow in Ukraine “are no longer effective combat” due to the losses suffered.

“After a month of operations to have a place in the area maybe a sixth … of the team is no longer effectively fighting – that’s a pretty remarkable set of statistics,” the Western official said.

He also claimed the commander of the 37th Russian Motor Rifle Brigade had been killed by his own troops, “as a result of the scale of losses his brigade had taken”.

“We believe he was killed by his own soldiers on purpose,” the officer said, noting he was “run over”.

He added it was a further sign of the “moral challenges facing the Russian military”.

“They have really found themselves in a wasp’s nest and they are suffering very badly,” the official said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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