Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has experienced some major setbacks in his invasion of neighboring Ukraine, with the latest said to have come late last week.
According to the Daily Wire, Lt Gen. Yakov Rezantsev died on Friday, making him the seventh Russian general to be killed since the conflict started.
The report says a general was killed near a southern Ukrainian city
The Daily Wire cited a BBC report as saying that Rezantsev was in command of Russia’s 49th combined army when he died in a strike near Kherson, a city located in the south of Ukraine.
“Kherson was the first Ukrainian city to be occupied by Russian forces, although there are reports that daily protests are held there against the Russian occupation,” it added.
“A western official said he was the seventh general to die in Ukraine, and the second lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed,” the BBC explained.
“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,” the report explained.
Russian colonel thought to have been killed by his own men
However, attacks by Ukrainian forces are not the only danger that Russian commanders seem to face, as the Daily Wire also reported that another officer was killed by his own men.
Sky News reporter Deborah Haynes was quoted as saying that “Colonel Medvechek, commander of 37 Motor Rifle Brigade, was run over by his soldiers.”
Medvechek’s death is said to have come after the men he was leading had suffered a series of casualties at the hands of Ukrainian troops.
An unnamed Western official told Haynes, “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.”
“That just gives an insight into perhaps some of the morale challenges that Russian forces are having,” the Western official went on to add.
The Washington Post reported last week that a senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers are likely to have been killed thus far.