Vladimir Putin has been humiliated as soon as once more after dropping one other colonel, the 50th to have been killed since he launched the invasion of Ukraine in February.
Artillery commander Lt Col Vladimir Nigmatullin, considered 46 and a dad-of-thee from Yekaterinburg, was killed on Might 31.
His dying was solely revealed to Russian forces right this moment and has now been confirmed by his household.
Nigmatullin’s passing signifies that Putin has been dropping colonels at a fee of one every two days since Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine.
It’s but to be confirmed precisely how Nigmatullin was killed.
Taking to social media, his sister-in-law Marina Konyukhova mentioned: “Everlasting reminiscence, darling, pricey, a lot-cherished man, you handed away.
“We nonetheless can’t imagine you might be gone. You’re a father of three youngsters, and an incredible husband to my sister.
“I’m all the time happy with you, and I’ll all the time be proud. You set an instance to the Motherland, so that everybody does such as you did.
“You have been ordered with the Order of Bravery, posthumously. You went by way of a whole lot of battle areas.”
Putin additionally just lately misplaced his eleventh basic because the battle started, Main-Basic Roman Kutuzov.
Kutuzov was the chief of employees of the twenty ninth Mixed Arms Military and was killed in a Ukrainian ambush in the Donbas.
Russian information outlet Readovka reported: “He calmly walked up the profession ladder, efficiently commanded the troops, and died as a soldier, combating on the entrance strains.”
Alexander Sladkov, a reporter with the state-owned Rossiya 1, wrote on Telegram: “The final had led troopers into assault, as if there usually are not sufficient colonels.
“Then again, Roman was the identical commander as everybody else, albeit the next rank.”
Kutuzov has additionally been awarded a posthumous promotion, to Lieutenant-Basic.
One mourner, who claimed to know the Main-Basic personally, mentioned he “lived a hero and died a hero”.
“My condolences to his family members, energy and endurance to his subordinates and fellow officers,” they added.
There a rumours that Lieutenant-Basic Roman Berdnikov, a extra senior basic aged 47, was additionally killed in the identical incident.
Berdnikov was in cost of the Russian armed forces in Syria till a number of weeks in the past.
He was then moved to the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic to command Putin’s invasion forces there.
If confirmed, his dying will mark Russia’s twelfth basic killed in Ukraine.
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