Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, 48, was reportedly killed in a strike by the Ukrainian armed forces after telling his regiment the operation in Ukraine would only last a ‘few hours’
Vladimir Putin has lost another general in the Ukrainian war, claim military sources in Kyiv.
Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, 48, was killed in a strike by the Ukrainian armed forces, they say.
He was Commander of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District.
The Russian side has not so far confirmed the death.
A service member said Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezantsev told them on the fourth day of their deployment that the war would be over quickly.
The soldier said: “Do you know what he told us? ‘It’s no secret to anyone that there are only a few hours until this special operation is over.’ – And now those hours are still going.”
As the Kremlin reportedly fumes at the loss of some of its top generals, experts have said there could be a catalogue of reasons why senior Russian officers have fallen.
It comes amid reports of unreliable equipment and electronics amongst Russian forces, as well as subordinates being too terrified to make quick decisions.
Former US army general and CIA director David Petraeus said Ukraine also has “good snipers” which are able to target key individuals when a Russian chain of command breaks down.
He said: “The communications have been jammed. The column gets stopped, and an impatient general goes forward to see what’s going on.
“There’s no initiative, no non-commissioned officer corps, no sense of initiative at junior levels. They wait to be told what to do, and the Ukrainians have very, very good snipers.”
An anonymous diplomat also told Foreign Policy that generals were “struggling on the front line to get their orders through”.
Analysts believe Russian commanders are now suffering a higher casualty rate than in any conflict since World War Two.