Status: 30.11.2023, 18:19 PM
By: Nail Akkoyun
Russia is losing another high-ranking military officer in Ukraine. For the army, this could mean "local chaos".
Kyiv/Moscow - A high-ranking Russian general appears to have been killed by a landmine explosion in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian military and other sources. Major General Vladimir Zavadsky, deputy commander of the 14th Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces, is believed to have died last Tuesday. However, the exact location of the incident remains unclear. Investigations into the exact circumstances are ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Russian online newspaper Lenta, which is close to the government, reported on a deadly mine explosion near Izyum in the Kharkiv region, in which Zavadsky is said to have died. Similar reports also came from the opposition Russian research group CIT (Conflict Intelligence Team).
The Higher Combined Arms Command School in Moscow had also reported on Savadsky's death, but the post on the Russian social network Vk has since been deleted. An official statement from Russia on Zavadsky is still pending. It should be noted that, as a rule, Moscow rarely confirms its own losses, while Kiev publishes new estimates of the losses of the opposing army on a daily basis.
Russian losses in the Ukraine war: Nato assumes more than 300,000 injured or dead
NATO estimates that the number of Russian soldiers killed or wounded in Ukraine has now exceeded 300,000. "Militarily, Russia has lost a significant part of its conventional forces," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels. Among them are hundreds of planes and thousands of tanks. However, Stoltenberg warned against hoping that these losses would quickly lead to the end of the war in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine has also cost Russia many leaders and generals. In June 2023, the BBC's Russian service and the independent Russian intelligence service MediaZona reported that a Russian general and five lieutenant colonels had been killed in combat during the first month of Ukraine's counteroffensive last summer. A major general who led the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" was seriously injured in an assassination attempt in September. In addition, President Vladimir Putin has replaced his leaders several times in the war.
A Russian soldier observes the explosion of a mine in Ukraine. (Archive photo) © Stanislav Krasilnikov/Imago
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According to media reports, in 2000, Vladimir Zavadsky underwent training at the Higher Combined Arms Command School in Moscow, followed by studies at the General Military Academy of the Russian Armed Forces. In his youth, he is said to have served as a recruitment tool for Russian military propaganda. Zavadsky held various positions throughout his military career, including that of deputy commander of a tank regiment and chief of staff of a motorized rifle brigade. Between 2018 and 2021, he appears to have led the 4th Guards Armored Division.
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Former Ukrainian soldier and journalist Viktor Kovalenko told the US magazine Newsweek that the death of a high-ranking officer always represents a "temporary local chaos" for the Russian military. The reason for this is that Russian units are prohibited from "operating independently". In addition, the troops lack appropriate training. (nak)
This article has been machine-edited and carefully reviewed by editor Nail Akkoyun before publication.