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List of Russian generals killed during the 2022 invasion of Ukraine

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During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, an unusual number of Russian generals, including the Russian Armed Forces and the National Guard of Russia, have been reported killed in action. As of 4 May 2022, Ukrainian sources reported that 12 Russian generals had been killed during the invasion.[1] The loss of flag officers, even as few as two, is rare. This makes the scale of these losses unprecedented in the modern era (since World War II).[2][3] Senior US officials claimed that the United States has provided military intelligence that has allowed the Ukrainians to target and kill many of the Russian generals who have died in action in the conflict.[1]

List

Name Rank Position Date reported Status Notes
Magomed Tushayev
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg Major General[a]
Commander, Chechen National Guard units 26 February 2022[5] Disputed Killed during an SBU Alpha Group ambush at a convoy around Hostomel, northwest Kyiv.[6] His death claim was made by Ukrainian military and the Daily Mail. This is disputed by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov who posted a video said to show Tushayev alive[7][8] and Chechnya media which posted video said to be Tushayev denying his death on 16 March 2022.[9]
Andrey Sukhovetsky
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Deputy Commander, 41st Combined Arms Army 1 March 2022[10] Confirmed Shot by a sniper at Hostomel[11][12] on 28 February 2022.[13][14] Had previously been involved in the Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war, and 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.[15] His death was reported by a retired Russian intelligence officer on Twitter on 1 March[10] and by Russian online tabloid Pravda.ru on 3 March 2022.[16]
Vitaly Gerasimov
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Chief of Staff, 41st Combined Arms Army 8 March 2022[17] Disputed Allegedly killed outside Kharkiv. Had previously been involved in the Second Chechen War, Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war, and 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.[15] CNN said it had not independently verified Gerasimov's death and US officials had not confirmed it.[18] On 23 May, Russian media reported that Gen. Gerasimov was awarded with the Order of Alexander Nevsky while dismissing claims of its death in 8 March.[19]
Andrei Kolesnikov
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Commander, 29th Combined Arms Army 11 March 2022[20] Claimed Killed somewhere near Mariupol.[20]
Oleg Mityaev
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Commander, 150th Motorized Rifle Division 15 March 2022[15][21] Claimed Killed somewhere near Mariupol.[15]
Andrey Mordvichev
Russia-Army-OF-7-2010.svg Lieutenant General[b]
Commander, 8th Guards Combined Arms Army 18 March 2022[22] Disputed Killed in a Ukrainian artillery strike on the Chornobayivka airfield in the Kherson Raion according to "preliminary information" from the Ukrainian authorities.[23] On 28 March, footage appeared allegedly showing Kadyrov meeting with Mordvichev and other commanders in Mariupol.[24][25]
Yakov Rezantsev
Russia-Army-OF-7-2010.svg
Lieutenant General
Commander, 49th Combined Arms Army 25 March 2022[26] Claimed Ukrainian officials claimed he was killed as a result of a Ukrainian strike on the command post of 49th Russian Army in Chornobayivka airfield in the Kherson Raion.[27][26]
Vladimir Frolov
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Deputy Commander, 8th Guards Combined Arms Army 16 April 2022[28] Confirmed No information about his death was released prior to the notice of his funeral at Serafimovskoe Cemetery, St. Petersburg.[29][30][31]
Andrei Simonov
Russia-Army-OF-6-2010.svg
Major General
Chief of Electronic Warfare Troops, 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army 29 April 2022 Claimed Killed during an artillery strike on a command post of the Russian 2nd Army, in the vicinity of occupied Izium.[32]
Kanamat Botashev
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Major General (retired)
Unclear 22 May 2022[33] Confirmed Killed in the Luhansk region when his Su-25 was shot down by a FIM-92 Stinger missile[34] Ukrainian sources suggested that he might have been deployed as part of the paramilitary organization Wagner Group.[35]

On 23 April 2022, Ukraine's Ministry of Defence reported a strike on a Russian 49th Combined Arms Army command post in Kherson Oblast, killing two generals and critically injuring one. The names of the two generals were not released at the time of the report.[36][37]

  1. ^ One-star general, equivalent to brigadier generals in the American and Canadian militaries and brigadiers in the British military.[4]
  2. ^ Two-star general, equivalent to a major general in the Canadian, United Kingdom, and United States militaries.

Analysis

Analysts at the Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategy and the French Institute of International Relations find that the number of Russian generals killed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine suggests that the poor morale among Russian forces and a slow advance into Ukraine forced high-ranking officers to put themselves at risk in an effort to achieve military objectives.[20][38] In addition to these flag officers, a number of senior officers have been killed by Ukrainian forces; on 23 March, Ukrainian official Mykhailo Podoliak stated that their forces had killed "dozens of colonels and other officers".[39][40] That day, The Times counted 5 Russian colonels killed in Ukraine so far.[41] On 11 May, MSN reported a total of 42 colonels allegedly killed.[42] By the end of April, at least 317 Russian officers had been killed, a third of them majors, lieutenant colonels, and colonels.[43] A Ukrainian official told The Wall Street Journal that a unit of Ukrainian military intelligence was collecting information of the positions of Russian officers, including generals, artillery commanders, and pilots.[15][4] High-ranking casualties in the Russian navy include captain 1st rank Andrei Paliy, the deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet.[44][45] Anton Kurpin, the commander of the Russian cruiser Moskva, has also been reported as killed, although the Russians have not confirmed this.[46]

The Russian military is top-heavy, with generals playing a larger role in day-to-day operations than in other militaries.[4][47] Russian battalion commanders were given more authority only three years before the invasion.[15] According to analysts and Western officials, Russia had deployed approximately 20 general officers to Ukraine.[15][48] Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, described the number of Russian generals killed as "a shocking number",[48] while David Petraeus, the former director of the CIA, remarked that it is "very uncommon" for so many generals to be killed and that the Ukrainian military was "picking them off left and right".[49] The Washington Post stated that generals were "killed at a rate not seen since World War II".[3]

The deaths of Russian officers on the front line has been attributed to a number of Russian vulnerabilities in Ukraine, including the use of unsecured communications and the movement of officers to the front line to boost flagging morale and address discipline issues, such as looting.[15][48][47][3] The use of unsecured phones has been attributed to the failure of Russia's secure telephone technology system, Era.[50] In March 2022, two American military officials told The New York Times that Russian generals in Ukraine frequently had conversations on unsecured phones and radios, and that in at least one instance, a general and his staff were killed after the Ukrainians intercepted a call, geolocated it, and attacked the location.[48] The New York Times also reported that U.S. intelligence has provided real-time intelligence to help the Ukrainian military target Russian generals.[51]

See also

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