The Russia-Ukraine conflict has been intensifying with every hour. The Ukrainians, however, are not backing down that easily without a fight.
And now, another devastating blow to Vladimir Putin’s savage invasion of Ukraine after reports confirm that Ukrainian forces successfully pulled off a wartime hat trick killing a third Russian general.
There are believed to be 20 Russian generals taking part in the faltering invasion, which has also seen the loss of 173 tanks, 12 aircraft, and 345 troop carriers.
In a tweet, Ukraine’s military said that they killed Russian Maj Gen Andrey Kolesnikov, who is believed to be the commander of the 29th Combined Arms Army.
Російські окупанти продовжують втрачати у війні проти України своїх офіцерів. ЗСУ вдалося ліквідувати генерал-майора Андрія Колеснікова, командувача Східного військового округу. pic.twitter.com/CEBDneqslz
— Armed Forces (@ArmedForcesUkr) March 11, 2022
Kolesnikov was the third general eliminated.
The Insider reported:
Christo Grozev, the executive director of the open-source investigative outlet Bellingcat, tweeted Monday that a Russian source had confirmed Gerasimov’s death. There were no specifics on the death, and neither Russian officials nor state-run media have confirmed the death.
Alongside the statement, the Ukrainian defense ministry released audio of an intercepted phone call between what it said were two Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, officers discussing the death and criticizing Russia’s secure military-communication platform.
The report of Gerasimov’s death follows that of Andrei Sukhovetsky, another deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army, who was killed late last month, according to reports in the Russian media.
The deaths come as Russia appears to be struggling to achieve its objectives in Ukraine amid Ukrainian resistance.
Russian forces have been subjecting Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, to heavy shelling and continuing their assault on the capital, Kyiv.
It is not terribly common in warfare for this many prominent generals to be killed so quickly. The war has been going on for less than 3 weeks and already three top Russian army leaders are dead.
Meanwhile, the U.S. was in Afghanistan for 20 years but lost only one general. Russia itself only lost three general staff officers during the whole Syrian conflict in which they were significantly involved.
That three prominent figures have already been killed in Ukraine indicates two things:
First, the Ukrainians seem to be fighting hard and smart if they are taking out generals.
Second, perhaps Russia did not plan this attack very well.