A fourth Russian general has now been killed in a fresh blow to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Major General Oleg Mityaev, 47, commander of the army’s fearsome 150th motorized rifle division, was killed in Hurricane Mariupol, along with seven members of an elite SWAT team.
His death followed the death of a spy captain during a “top secret” operation in Ukraine, meaning Vladimir Putin has now lost a total of 13 commanders during the invasion.
GRU military intelligence captain Captain Alexey Glushchak, 31, from Tyumen in Siberia, died in the Mariupol carnage but details of his death have yet to be released.
“Due to the strict secrecy of military operations, the circumstances of hero Tyumen’s death were not disclosed,” a statement said.
The GRU was behind the poisoning of Novichok by former spy Sergei Skripal – who had defected to Britain – in Salisbury.
Images emerged of Glushchak’s stepfather’s funeral in Russia, where he was buried with full military honors and an honor guard.
On the day the military intelligence officer died, he spoke to both his wife and mother in Russia, it was revealed.
He called to congratulate them on International Women’s Day but later that evening they learned he had been killed.
His death coincided with the first expressions of anger and frustration at the number of coffins currently returning to Russia, although those officially recognized as having been dropped in Ukraine are considered a The fraction of the total that best estimates suggest is now in the thousands. .
Glushchak will be decorated after.
Moscow gave no update on the total number of people killed in the war and only named a handful of those who fell, including several generals.
Many of the funerals currently featured in the media are for soldiers killed in late February.
Russia will take two weeks or more to deliver their bodies to their relatives, many of whom live in Russia’s Far East, thousands of miles from the bloody war zone.
A funeral was also held for Corporal Danil Novolodsky, 24, a senior gunner in an air assault battery.
He was awarded the Order of Courage by a decree signed by Vladimir Putin.
He hails from Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Siberian republic of Buryatia, a predominantly Buddhist region that has suffered a disproportionate number of deaths among Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine.
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Before the invasion, tens of thousands of troops were sent west on the Trans-Siberian Railway to fight the coming war.
Another funeral in the same area was held for Vladimir Plekhanov, 24, an orphan raised by a living adoptive family.
Sagyndyk Kudaibergenov, 22, from Tyumen, like the GRU agent, was buried with military honors, the report said.
He was killed in a mortar fire while deploying communication equipment across the river.
He was killed on February 26, but his funeral took place only on March 11.
A total of 12 of Putin’s cars military command has now been killed in battle since the Russian leader began his invasion of Ukraine.
Colonel Andrei Zakharov was killed in Ukraine ambush near Kyiv followed by Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the 29th Combined Armed Forces.
Another general, Vitaly Gerasimovkilled in fighting outside Kharkiv.
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov, who led a brigade of marines, died along with Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov and Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky, who commanded the airborne assault troops.
Safronov and Glebov were killed when Ukrainian forces recaptured the city of Chuhuiv, while Zizevsky was killed in southern Ukraine.
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed by a Ukrainian sniper in the battle for Hostomel Airfield about 30 miles outside Kyiv.
And General Magomed Tushaev died when his Chechen task force, consisting of 56 tanks, was destroyed near Hostomel, northeast of the city.
Also among the Russians killed were Lord Vladimir Zhonga who led the Sparta Battalion, a neo-Nazi military unit backed by the Kremlin.
Two other unnamed senior Russian commanders were also arrested perished in the fighting.
According to reports, the bloody invasion took a toll on Russian forces with Moscow ask China for helpraised concerns about the Third World War.
The Russian President is believed to have asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to provide both military equipment and support.
Kremlin officials are said to have made “apocalyptic” predictions about the conflict in Ukrainedescribed the February 24 invasion as a “mistake”.
And former NATO chief Rose Gottemoeller thinks Putin’s forces have been weakened by Ukraine’s resolve.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think the Russians have thrown in Kyiv some of their most elite forces to begin with.
“They were hoping for a lightning strike to basically assassinate President Zelenskytake down the government in Kyiv and have a quick victory.
“But it didn’t work out that way and they ended up stopping on the highway outside Kyiv.
“Now we have seen those forces disperse, and disperse into the forest.
“But I wonder frankly if they are capable of regrouping at this point because their logistics are in such a dire state.
“They don’t really have the fuel supplies needed to push Kyiv. So I rather doubt that they will achieve much success in an attack on Kyiv, at least with those forces. “
Last night Russia debuted missile attacks just 12 miles from Poland’s border with Ukraine at least 35 people were killed.
Ukraine claims Russian forces fired more than 30 cruise missiles at the Yavoriv military base near Lviv, injuring 134 people.
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