RUSSIAN MILITARY LEADERSHIP CRUMBLES
The WSJ recently reported that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, wounded, taken prisoner or simply missing in the “special operation” in Ukraine. This figure represents just over a month of Russian combat operations.
But perhaps the most surprising military losses of the Ukraine/Russia conflict are top-ranking Russian military officers; 20 are presumed dead so far.
RUSSIAN COLONEL COMMITS SUICIDE
Interestingly, Colonel Ruslan Rudnev, the latest notable death, did not occur in action. The commander of the 13th Tank Regiment committed suicide after it was discovered the majority of tanks under his command were found with their engines and electronics missing.
The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported:
“According to available information – the commander of the 13th tank regiment of the 4th tank division of the Russian Federation – shot himself.”
“In general, the Russian Federation often faces the problem of the impossibility of restoring equipment after “de conservation” from warehouses. Optical devices and electronics containing precious metals were completely stolen from the combat vehicles.”
— Acejayce (@Acejayce2) March 26, 2022
This discovery and subsequent suicide shed light on the abysmal performance of the Russian military in the Ukrainian campaign. Internal corruption within the Russian armed forces has gutted it from within. Russian soldiers are reportedly going into battle without adequate food, fuel, equipment and ammunition.
Colonel Medvechek of the Russian 37th Motor Rifle Brigade was killed after being run over by his soldiers as a “consequence of the scale of losses that have been taken by his brigade,” as reported by Evening Standard.
A communication intercepted by Ukrainian intelligence of a Russian soldier in southern Ukraine described the situation as “a shitshow.”
The soldier described how Ukrainian troops “tore apart” a column of Russian forces, suffering 50% losses to the unit from frostbite alone, adding there was no plan to treat them in a field hospital. The soldiers also complained their kevlar jackets lack the armoured panels they were designed to carry, the phone call continued to the soldier’s general:
“‘Comrade General, damn it, I have this situation (he general) says, “Son, be strong,’ and then he f–ked off. It’s such trash here … Our own plane dropped a bomb on us.”
CHECHEN ‘GAY PURGE’ GENERAL KILLED
Chechen General Magomed Tushayev, responsible for the torture and murder of countless LGBTQ+ individuals, was killed on the 26th of February 2022.
Ukrainian forces are credited with the killing of General Tushayev at the Antonov International Airport northwest of Kyiv. General Tushayev had a reputation for the brutalisation and torture of LGBTQ+ individuals in the largely Muslim area of Chechnya in Russia.
The elite Ukrainian military “Alpha Group” claimed responsibility for the killing, says Illia Ponomarenko, a defence reporter for the Kyiv Independent. Tushayev was also reported to be Ramazan Kadyrov’s top warlord.
Peter Tatchell, a British LGBTQ+ activist and human rights campaigner, told the Jerusalem Post:
“While I never rejoice at the killing of anyone, his death means one less mass murderer on the loose. Those who live by the sword should not be surprised if they die by the sword. This will mean that he is no longer able to abduct, torture and kill Chechen LGBTs and dissidents, which is a good thing.”
The most senior official to have been eliminated is Lieutenant-General Andrey Mordvichev, commander of the 8th Army of the southern military district. General Mordvichev was responsible for the main drive into Ukraine and the needless destruction of the city of Mariupol.
He was the fifth senior leader to have been killed since the invasion began. Killed at his command post, which came under attack by combined armed forces and artillery.
It is safe to assume that General Mordvichev was known to be located there at the time of the bombing.