Alexander Bespalov is believed to be the ninth Russian colonel to be killed during the invasion of Ukraine, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted heavy casualties
A ninth Russian colonel was reportedly killed as Putin’s forces suffered “significant casualties,” with up to 19,000 soldiers reportedly dead.
Devastation was noted in towns near the capital Kyiv, where hundreds of civilians were allegedly killed on charges of using torture.
Russian troops withdrew this week, exposing obvious atrocities while appearing to reorganize their attack on eastern Ukraine.
Amid the horrific loss of life, the high death toll from invading Russian forces was also revealed, with claims that the number could be as high as 19,000.
The bodies of many Russian soldiers were left where they fell with no attempt made to bring them home.
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Now it has been reported that another senior Russian military officer has been killed and the body of Colonel Alexander Bespalov has been returned to his home.
The tank commander is believed to be the ninth colonel to die in the invasion and led the 59th Panzer Guards Regiment, the reported 74.RU Website.
His death comes after Ukraine said it killed Colonel Denis Kurilo, commander of the 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade, in fighting near Kharkiv.
Russia sent tens of thousands of soldiers to Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a “special operation,” and now Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has admitted they’ve lost many soldiers.
“We have significant troop losses,” he told Sky News. “This is a great tragedy for us.”
Families in Russia are mourning the loss of life, contradicting state media claims that the invasion was a success.
In the southern garrison town of Vladikavkaz, near the Caucasus Mountains, relatives gathered for the funeral of Vitaly Dyadyushko, one of two soldiers buried at the city’s Vostochnoe Cemetery on Friday.
A weeping woman dressed in black kissed the face of the soldier who lay in an open coffin, flanked by soldiers in dress uniform with rifles. A Russian Orthodox priest waved incense over the coffin.
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Dyadyushko, from the nearby settlement of Arkhonskaya, left behind four sisters and a mother, local leader Alexander Kusey said.
“He came from a big family and he was the only one who made sure of that. I don’t know how the girls will do without him now, he helped a lot,” he said. “He wasn’t married, he didn’t have a chance, he was young, very young. It’s a shame when young people die before their time.”
As the coffin was lowered into the ground, a military marching band played the national anthem and an honor guard fired a salute from automatic weapons.
Shortly thereafter, mourners gathered for another funeral, that of 41-year-old Ruslan Kozayev. An elderly woman gently touched his face in tears.
Elsewhere in the cemetery, more than 20 fresh graves for soldiers who died in Ukraine could be seen.
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