Vladimir Putin has lost more than 160 generals and colonels out of a total of 1,500 officers during his war in Ukraine, according to a new tally.
A Telegram channel operated by Colonel Anatoly “Stirlitz” Stefan of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has collected information on Russian military deaths and compiled a list of some of Putin’s most significant casualties.
Stirlitz claims the warmongering Russian president has lost ten generals and a total of 152 colonels and lieutenant colonels since his tanks entered Ukrainian territory on February 24.
204 majors, 294 captains, 496 senior lieutenants, 258 lieutenants and 86 other officers whose rank could not be verified were wiped out.
It comes as new figures released today by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed that 87,900 Russian servicemen have been killed in the conflict, while a According to a Pentagon estimate earlier this month, more than 100,000 Russian military personnel were killed or injured.
Ukrainian tankmen are seen on the Bakhmut front line, Donetsk, Ukraine, November 27, 2022
The grave of Russian Lieutenant Colonel Grigory Tarasenko, who was killed in Ukraine, is pictured
The unusually high number of senior Russian military casualties in Ukraine is due to an apparent refusal to delegate responsibility to junior commanders.
Many generals and colonels do not wish to decentralize command – symptomatic of the Russian regime as a whole – and have therefore been more vulnerable to attack as they assemble their troops near the front lines themselves.
Russian Telegram channel General SVR today claimed that the total of ‘irrecoverable military and operational manpower losses’ in Putin’s regular forces stands at 90,138.
The death toll of operators of private military companies like the Wagner Group, which recruited tens of thousands of released prisoners to fight in Russian prisons, has been put at 26,917.
Russia’s National Guard meanwhile lost 5,521 men, according to the outlet.
Russia does not disclose the extent of its losses or produce updated estimates.
As such, the scale of Russian losses in Ukraine is hidden from the public, but critics accuse Putin of using the lower ranks as “cannon fodder” against the better-armed Ukrainian forces which are well-supplied from military shipments. Western military aid.
The latest figures on Russian casualties come as mothers and wives of servicemen killed on the front lines have expressed outrage at Putin who staged a ‘mock’ meeting last week.
A BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple rocket launcher fires towards Russian positions on the front line near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on November 27, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine
These are just some of the generals and colonels who are believed to have died commanding their units in Ukraine
Instead of meeting genuinely grieving and angry relatives and family members of the dead, the Kremlin leader instead held a meeting with a group of female civil servants and loyalists posing as military mothers.
Olga Tsukanova, 46, who heads a Council of Mothers and Wives calling for an end to Russian mobilization, taunted Putin: “Are you a man or what?
“Are you going to keep hiding from us? asked Tsukanova, whose 20-year-old son was lost after being mobilized and sent to the front.
Russia will enforce new laws this week that act to gag critics of the war, including family members of the dead.
In a new statement, the Mothers and Wives Council said: ‘How can people be prevented from telling the truth about the needless deaths of thousands of recruits that are taking place?
“How can we forbid mothers to know the fate of their sons, to protect them?
“How could we forbid our people to speak for peace and against wars?
“The victors are killed with a gag in their mouth.”
Vladimir Putin claimed to have held a meeting with the mothers of servicemen killed in Ukraine, but the women turned out to be Russian officials and Kremlin loyalists.
Olga Tsukanova, 46, mother of a missing conscript and founder of a new Council of Mothers and Wives, demanded answers from the Kremlin on Russia’s war in Ukraine
When the new law takes effect, critics face legal action for “discrediting” the Russian military.
The mothers retort: “The army is not discredited by anyone’s words, but by actions on the battlefield.
‘By the mobilization of people with a serious state of health without medical examination, by the sudden abandonment of towns and villages with an enormous quantity of the latest weapons as a trophy to the enemy, by the inability to carry out well the same mobilization without violations, its inability to tell people the truth, and just its lack of respect for ordinary people.
“This whole situation shows that the authorities will not investigate any of the facts cited by the mothers, but will continue to silence the whistleblowers.
“A law has already been passed which will make it impossible to simply open your mouth on the subject of lawlessness in the military…until it comes into force, the Board of Mothers publishes a list of the most more blatant mobilization, conscription service and the use of personnel in a special operation.
“Our people need this breath of truth.”