While Russia spends more than $900 million a day on the war in Ukraine, the only place it seems to save a few rubles is on future pension benefits for Russian officers. The 49th colonel of the Russian army was reportedly killed in action in Ukraine. As unprecedented as it may seem, Russia lost some 10-12 Russian generals and dozens of senior officials during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in just four months.
The 49th Russian colonel killed is believed to be Lieutenant Colonel Zaur Dimayev, deputy commander of the 4th battalion of the Akhmat Kadyrov special forces regiment. Dimayev was reportedly a close ally of Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a known warlord.
According to preliminary information, Dimayev was in a military vehicle when he was hit by Ukrainian artillery shells last Tuesday in the village of Kamyshevakha in Luhansk. This resulted in the death of the driver, two Chechen policemen and Dimayev. Four other people were reportedly injured. However, we cannot confirm this at this time.
AFU Strategic Communications of Ukraine reported the death yesterday on its Facebook page:
“The don don don operation is underway. To the vip-fans of kobzon creativity joined the deputy commander of the 4th battalion regiment named after Kadyrov, Lieutenant Colonel Zaur Dimaev. He failed his surveying class, so he made it home safely.
This follows the death of Lt. Col. Alexander Dosyagaev, the Russian VDV commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 104th Air Assault Regiment, just days ago. The deceased colonel is said to have been part of Russia’s paratrooper infantry, which is said to be one of the most elite in Russia.
“Sleep well, fight [comrade]“said a certain Arytom Panov. “You will forever be remembered as one of the finest officers in the Airborne Forces. It is a shame to lose such servicemen. He is proud to have served side by side with you.🙏🙏🙏,” he said. he continued.
The Ukrainian army claims that the commander of the 2nd battalion of the 104th air assault regiment of the VDV, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Dosyagaev, was killed in Ukraine.https://t.co/afwrRXcr6vhttps://t.co/K50ebY4MRUhttps://t.co/iChoLbfzYG pic.twitter.com/TJin5HJTNX
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) May 30, 2022
Another Russian colonel, Vladimir Ivanov, was also killed recently in Ukraine. He was part of the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. He is believed to have died on March 25 and was confirmed by independent journalists through the use of Getcontact application, which allows users to know the caller ID of a number. Further information on Ivanov reveals that he was a propagandist.
The Ukrainian armed forces eliminated Colonel Vladimir Ivanov, press officer of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
– Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 29, 2022
The deaths also follow the shooting down of retired Russian Major General Kanamat Botashev, who was reportedly shot down in Popasna while flying in a Su-25 fighter jet. The retired Russian general was removed from his post in 2013 when he and another high-ranking Russian officer, Colonel Yevhen Oliynyk, took an unauthorized ride in an Su-27UB. Oliynyk had lost control of the fighter while doing a few tricks and maneuvers. This led to them getting kicked out of the army.
The retired Russian general apparently couldn’t stay out of action and later reportedly joined the Wagner Group to fight in Ukraine, a group of former Russian servicemen who now act as Putin’s private army. Russia uses the mercenary group to unofficially interfere in foreign conflicts, so they cannot be held internationally responsible for their actions.
Captured Russian soldiers near Severodonetsk.
Find something human in those faces. pic.twitter.com/aX12u8OS7j
— Fuat (@lilygrutcher) May 30, 2022
According to US intelligence, Russia had 150,000 troops ready to invade Ukraine last February. Recent estimates indicate that around 20% were put out of action, meaning that the Ukrainian armed forces eliminated some 30,000 Russians. If we were to match that with the expected number of injured, that number would be higher. If the ratio of wounded to killed is still 2 to 4 wounded for every person killed during the war, the total number of incapacitated Russian soldiers would be between 60,000 and 120,000. Given the lack of proper medical care and the apparent lack of field hospitals to treat their wounded, the number of wounded Russian soldiers succumbing to their wounds could be much higher than the number reported by Ukraine.
Ukrainian estimates of Russian casualties as of June 2 are around 30,850 troops, not far off the US estimate. This is accompanied by losses of some 1,363 tanks, 3,354 APVs, 661 artillery systems, 210 fighter jets, 175 helicopters, 521 drones and some 120 cruise missiles.
The death of these senior officers is not new. More recently, a verified intercept of a call between two Russian colonels revealed that troops sent to Ukraine knew nothing about combat and simply learned to salute, confirming speculation that Russia barely sent conscripts to fight in Ukraine. Untrained personnel in the field were determined to have low morale because they had been lied to about their true intentions in Ukraine. They had experienced problems with food and fuel supplies, which led to a further deterioration in their morale. In an attempt to bring these green troops into battle, Russian colonels and generals had to go directly to the front lines to personally lead these men into battle, with the results we see now.
These incompetent decision-making led the two Russian colonels to directly curse Putin:
“Even if they hit the wrong place, let them be scared, shoot the fuckin’ stations, shoot the fuckin’ railroads, fuckin’ shit,” he said. “A fucking rocket should fly in the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s Parliament] in Kyiv. That’s it, shit. Why didn’t he [a rocket] fucking fly? Damn, I don’t understand, you’re screwed, Putin, motherfucker!”
Currently, the Russians are advancing in the city of Severodonetsk, which is approximately 70% controlled by the Russians. If they succeed in invading Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, they will now have control of the entirety of Luhansk – one of the two regions of Donbass. The question then becomes whether they can hold out with Ukraine on the offensive.