Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has suffered another blow as two top commanders were killed on the battlefield during the onslaught.
According to The Telegraph report, Russia suffered the loss of an unnamed regimental commander and a divisional commander amid the battle for Kyiv and other strategic points in the country.
As a Western official has since the news explained, the death of the two commanders was likely a result of Russian “frustration” and “lack of progress” in occupying Ukraine.
The news comes shortly after it was revealed that 47-year-old Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District deputy commander, was shot dead by a Ukrainian sniper.
The general’s death was announced by his close colleague, Sergey Chipilyov, and reported both by the Russian and Ukrainian media.
“We’re seeing some commanders being killed. The deputy commander of the 41st combined arms army was killed by sniper fire. There’s been a divisional commander killed and a regimental commander killed,” a Western official explained.
“My assessment would be that those commanders have been killed because they’ve had to go further and closer to the front.”
The official added:
“The reason why that’s happening is that commanders feel they have to move further forward to get greater impetus and control over operations.
“That’s an indication perhaps of some degree of frustration, some degree of lack of progress and they’re trying to impose their personality onto the battlefield and then putting themselves at personal risk.”
The death of top Russian commanders comes after Kremlin finally admitted suffering the loss of several hundred soldiers in Ukraine during the invasion.
Though Kremlin insisted the number of dead Russian soldiers lies at around 500, Ukraine suggested at least 9,000 troops were already eliminated since the war began. It is widely believed that the number of deceased Russian soldiers is in the thousands.
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