ANOTHER top Russian commander killed: Elite paratroop colonel and his deputy are ‘liquidated’ by Ukrainians as death toll in Putin’s army hits 7,000
- Col Sergei Sukharev and his deputy Major Sergei Krylov among a number slain from ‘glorious’ Kostroma regiment, seen as Russia’s most elite fighting forces
- His ‘liquidation’ was claimed by Ukraine’s Centre for Strategic Communication
- Russia said Sukharev and his forces were protecting a vital power plant in Almaty
One of Russia’s top paratroop commanders has been killed in Ukraine in the latest blow to Vladimir Putin’s debilitating war effort.
The death of Col Sergei Sukharev, of the 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment from Kostroma, was confirmed by state TV in Moscow.
Earlier his ‘liquidation’ had been claimed by Ukraine’s Centre for Strategic Communication and Information Security.
‘Commander of the Kostroma Airborne Regiment, Colonel Sergei Sukharev… got lost in the “[military] exercises”, but returned home the right way,’ said the Ukrainian statement.
His deputy Major Sergei Krylov was killed alongside him, said the report.
Colonel Sergei Sukharev of the 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment, Kostroma, died in Ukraine together with senior sergeant Sergei Lebedev, sergeant Alexander Limonov and corporal Yuri Degtyaryov of the same regiment
They were among a number slain from the ‘glorious’ Kostroma regiment, seen as among Russia’s most elite fighting forces.
Russia acknowledged that senior sergeant Sergei Lebedev, sergeant Alexander Limonov and corporal Yuri Degtyaryov were also killed.
Sukharev was seen on Russian TV in January when he led his troops back from Kazakhstan where they had been sent following a wave of protests.
Sukharev was seen on Russian TV in January (pictured) when he led his troops back from Kazakhstan where they had been sent following a wave of protests
Russia described their mission as ‘peacekeeping’ and Sukharev said his forces protected a vital power plant in Almaty.
Killed, too, in the latest Ukrainian fighting was military intelligence officer Sergey Vishnyakov, of the GRU’s 22nd Separate Special Forces Brigade.
He is believed to have been killed fighting near Mariupol in a Grad attack by Ukraine’s Azov battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov, from Volgograd, commander of a motorised rifle regiment, died during a special operation.
Major Ruslan Petrukhin, deputy battalion commander of the 38th Motorised Rifle Brigade, was also reported killed in action in Ukraine.
Commander of the Guards Tank Kantemirovskaya Division, Colonel Andrey Kolesnikov, of the 29th Combined Arms Army became the latest high profile casualty of the war on 11 March after getting killed during fighting
Oleg Mityaev, 47, left, major general of the Russian army – commander of the elite 150th motorized rifle division, reportedly died in Ukraine, as well as Major General Vitaly Petrovich Gerasimov, who was killed on 7 March outside the eastern city of Kharkiv (pictured right)
Russia has failed to announce its estimated death toll in Ukraine for more than two weeks.
There are claims it runs to around 7,000 with suspicions the true figure is being kept secret to prevent a sapping of support in Russia.
Yet the daily toll – including elite soldiers – indicates Russia is haemorrhaging its forces in a ‘military operation’ supposedly fought to boost its security, and ‘deNazify’ Ukraine.
Moscow had deployed the 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment previously in Chechnya in two wars after the fall of the USSR, in Georgia in 2008, and in the Donbas in 2014.
Russia has seen the deaths of at least four generals in Ukraine.
Before the latest death of Sukharev, Major-General Oleg Mityaev, 47, commander of the army’s 150th motorised rifle division, died fighting around the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukraine’s interior ministry said late Tuesday as officials released a photo of what they claimed was his corpse on the battlefield.
Two weeks ago, Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, 47, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was reportedly killed by a sniper on 3 March
He marked the fourth Russian general that Ukraine claims to have taken out and the 13th officer overall, as Putin’s invading forces suffer heavy losses at the hands of dogged Ukrainian defenders.
Before him, on 11 March, Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the 29th Combined Arms Army became the latest high profile casualty of the war, which came four days after the killing of Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, the first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army.
And two weeks ago, Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, 47, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was reportedly killed by a sniper on 3 March.
The deaths have come as Russia’s invasion grinds into its third week with heavy losses for Moscow.
The Pentagon estimates at least 7,000 Russian troops have now died in the fighting, with another 14,000 to 21,000 having been wounded, accounting for nearly a fifth of the estimated 150,000 men that Putin amassed on the border before before giving the order to attack 21 days ago.
The number of Ukrainians fleeing from their country passed three million on Tuesday, according to the UN.
Those escaping fighting and Russian bombardment are rising in numbers after Sunday’s Russian strike on the Yavoriv military base near Lviv, with some people from western Ukraine having now joined the refugee flow across the border.
Russia’s war casualties
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov: Commander of the 29th Combined Army Army
Major General Vitaly Gerasimov: First deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army who took part in operations in Syria and Crimea
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky: Deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District killed during a special operation by a sniper
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the 29th Combined Arms Army was killed last week in another blow to the Kremlin
Major General Vitaly Gerasimov (left) was killed last week and was the first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army. Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky (Right), 47, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was also killed in Ukraine
Colonel Andrei Zakharov: Killed in a Ukrainian ambush near Kyiv
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov: Leader of marine brigade killed after Ukrainian forces recaptured Chernihiv
Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov: Leader of air assault troops killed in Chernihiv
Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky: Leader of air assault troops killed in the south of Ukraine
Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov (right) died in a battle in Chuhuiv and
Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky (left), who led air assault troops died in the south of Ukraine and Captain Alexey Glushchak (right), of the GRU intelligence service, who died fighting near Mariupol
Colonel Andrei Zakharov (right, with Vladimir Putin) was killed in an ambush near Kyiv in the opening days of the war, while
General Magomed Tushaev: Chechen special forces leader killed in an ambush near Hostomel
Vladimir Zhonga: Leader of neo-Nazi Sparta Battalion backed by the Kremlin
Georgy Dudorov: Deputy commander of the reconnaissance company for the 137th regiment of the 106th Tula Guards Airborne Division
Aleksey Aleshko: Paratroop intelligence officer that was a graduate of the prestigious Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne School
Vladimir Zhoga (left), the leader of a military group from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, was killed in Volnovakha while Chechen general Magomed Tushaev (right) was reported killed in an ambush on an armoured column
Georgy Dudorov (left), deputy commander of an airborne reconnaissance division, and Aleksey Aleshko (right), a paratroop intelligence officer, have also been killed
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