As Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine enters its 50th day of fighting, the Kremlin has reportedly lost its 40th senior officer, Lt. Col. Denis Meshuev
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Russia has reportedly lost its 40th senior officer amid its ongoing bloody invasion of Ukraine.
During the invasion, Russia has suffered heavy casualties, with over 12,000 soldiers killed and at least five senior generals also killed.
But now, as the war enters its 50th day, Vladimir Putin’s troops have repeatedly lost their 40th senior officer.
A Russian Black Sea flagship was sunk after being hit in a missile attack, according to a Ukrainian official.
According to unconfirmed reports, 300 Russian sailors died on board.
Lt. Col. Denis Mezhuev, commander of the Red Banner Regiment 1st Guards Motor Rifle Sevastopol, reportedly died in combat in both Russia and Ukraine.
Details of his death have not been released and it is the latest in a long line that has not been confirmed by the Russian government.
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Patriotic Russian poet Andrey Kovalev demanded that Meshhuev be posthumously awarded Russia’s highest honor.
He posted: “He deserves the title of Hero of Russia for his actions.”
Another social media account of his death from VK, a Russian social media site, said: “His son can be proud of his father.”
Ukraine now claims Russia has lost a total of seven generals and 33 colonels in this war so far.
The sheer scale of the deaths suffered by Russia continues to defy Kremlin claims that their “military special operation” is going according to plan.
Since the beginning of the war on February 24, the total number of Russian deaths is estimated at about 20,000, but Moscow stopped officially publishing the death toll early.
Meshuev is the latest in a line of high-ranking officials to die.
The first was Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, who died just four days after the invasion began on February 28.
He was only four positions below the head of the entire force and was reportedly killed by a sniper.
“It is with great pain that we received the tragic news of the death of our friend Major General Andrei Sukhovitsky during a special operation in Ukraine,” a Kremlin insider said in a statement.
“We send our hearts to his family. My sincerest condolences.”
A number of other senior generals have died since his death.
One of the most recent high-level deaths was Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev, one of Putin’s most trusted leaders.
Some of the dead Russian commanders are said to have come to the front, which is what they would normally do when there were problems with decision-making or their seniority was needed to advance their troops.
Mordvichev was one of Putin’s senior commanders and his death marked the fifth Moscow general to have been reportedly killed.
“As a result of the shelling of the enemy by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commander of the 8th All-Military Army of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvizev, was killed,” said a statement from the Army General Staff in Kyiv
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