Russia has lost its 50th colonel of the conflict in Ukraine within the newest hammer blow to the Kremlin, with the death toll now hovering previous 31,000.
Artillery commander Lt Col Vladimir Nigmatullin, a 46-year-old father-of-three from Yekaterinburg, was killed on May 31, it has now been revealed.
Nigmatullin’s death has been confirmed to his household, including to the massive record of casualties of Russia’s navy leaders, with one colonel killed each two days.
It comes after Vladimir Putin lost two of his most senior commanders in a single day in a devastating bridge ambush in jap Ukraine, a bunch of unbiased journalists claimed.
Nigmatullin’s sister-in-law Marina Konyukhova mentioned: ‘Eternal reminiscence, darling, pricey, much-loved man, you handed away.
Artillery commander Lt Col Vladimir Nigmatullin has been killed in Ukraine, Russia’s 50th colonel casualty of the conflict
Russia confirmed the death of Major-General Roman Kutuzov (pictured) on Sunday
Nigmatullin’s sister-in-law Marina Konyukhova (pictured) mentioned in a tribute he ‘set an instance to the Motherland’
‘We nonetheless can not consider you might be gone. You are a father of three youngsters, and a tremendous husband to my sister.
‘I’m at all times proud of you, and I’ll at all times be proud. You set an instance to the Motherland, so that everybody does such as you did.
‘You had been ordered with the Order of Bravery, posthumously. You went by means of rather a lot of battle areas.’
On Sunday, Russia confirmed the death of Major-General Roman Kutuzov.
Then yesterday it was claimed Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov was additionally killed on the identical day in an assault carried out by Kyiv’s forces, taking the death toll of generals to 12.
Kutuzov was the chief of employees of the twenty ninth Combined Arms Army and was awarded a posthumous promotion to Lieutenant-General.
He died in an ambush in Donbas.
Reports mentioned that Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov (pictured) was killed in Ukraine, the second Russian basic to have been reported killed on the identical day
Berdnikov, a former Russian commander in Syria, was ‘killed in Donbas’ on June 5, in accordance with Volya Telegram channel. Pictured: Roman Berdnikov on the Victory Day navy parade at Khmeimim Air Base on May 9, 2022
‘He calmly walked up the career ladder, efficiently commanded the troops, and died as a soldier, combating on the entrance traces,’ mentioned a report by Readovka.
One mourner mentioned: ‘I knew him personally, Roman lived a hero and died a hero.
‘My condolences to his family members, energy and persistence to his subordinates and fellow officers.’
It has been urged that the weird pace with which Kutuzov’s death was confirmed by Moscow was an try and cover up the loss of Berdnikov, 47.
Less than a month in the past, Berdnikov was commander of the Russian armed forces activity drive in Syria, and he was moved to take cost of Putin’s forces and people of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] in Donbas.
It would imply the 2 of probably the most senior Russian commanders in Donetsk had been worn out in a single strike in a shocking and embarrassing setback to Putin.
A person walks among the many rubble of a home following a late evening navy strike in Kharkiv yesterday
The claims that each Berdnikov and Kutuzov died got here from the Volya Telegram channel which has unbiased conflict journalists engaged on either side of the battle.
‘On the morning of June 5, Lt-Gen Roman Berdnikov, who led the Russian troops and models of the DPR from Donetsk, left with the headquarters on a working journey,’ mentioned the publish. ‘On the way in which, presumably on a bridge, the automobiles of the headquarters had been attacked by a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group.’
Part of the convoy was ‘destroyed or immobilised’ however some automobiles, ‘having obtained severe injury and firing again, had been capable of escape from the ambush and depart,’ the publish mentioned.
‘After that, our sources reported that Roman Berdnikov died on this battle,’ the report continued. ‘A bit of later, two extra sources confirmed this, specifying that different senior officers may have died in the course of the battle.’
A mercenary who gained notoriety for butchering prisoners of conflict and civilians within the Donbas has additionally been killed, it was revealed as we speak.
Vladimir Andonov, 44, a fighter for the shadowy Wagner Group, was shot by a sniper close to Kharkiv throughout a reconnaissance missions on June 5, Russian media says.
Vladimir a soldier with the infamous Wagner Group, was shot useless by a sniper throughout a reconnaissance mission close to town of Kharkiv on June 5
Andonov (left and proper) was identified to Ukrainians as ‘the executioner’ for finishing up massacres of prisoners of conflict and civilians throughout Russia’s first invasion in 2014
Andonov was identified to Russians as ‘Vakha’ or ‘the volunteer from Buryatia’ after the area he was from, however to Ukrainians as ‘the executioner’ for massacres he helped perform throughout Russia’s first invasion of the nation in 2014.
His death was confirmed by Zhambal-Zhamso Zhanaev, head of the area the place Andonov was from, who spoke to Russian newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets.
Andonov has served within the common Russian navy from 1997 till 2005 when he moved to town of Ulan-Ude the place he studied in a educating school.
He dropped out of college earlier than finishing his research and bought a job in commerce, earlier than answering a name for volunteers to go to Ukraine and be a part of the combating in 2014.
Andonov was drafted into the Olkhon particular forces company combating within the Donbas, and took half within the Battle of Debaltseve in early 2015 – one of the final main battles of the preliminary conflict.
At the time, he appeared in a video filmed within the area which grew to become one of the primary items of proof that volunteers from the Buryatia had been in Ukraine.
Ukraine accuses him of personally taking part within the bloodbath of prisoners of conflict within the city of Logvinovo within the aftermath of the battle, and of killing civilians elsewhere in Donbas.
Meanwhile, Russia is performing to gag the media from revealing any particulars about troops killed in Ukraine.
Residential buildings present injury brought on by the shelling unleashed by Russian troops in Irpin
A court docket has declared that lists of slain troopers are a ‘state secret’ and people already printed should be withdrawn.
The cover-up transfer betrays Kremlin concern that the rising death toll is beginning the have an effect on public assist for Putin’s conflict.
There are already draconian legal guidelines in place however the unbiased Russian media are actually forbidden from even collating open supply particulars of funerals to point the size of the losses which total have been put at 31,000.
Graveyards in Russia are more and more seeing burials linked to the conflict.
Some have total ‘alleys of the useless’ of Russian servicemen killed in Putin’s conflict.
Videos present a high-ranked double navy funeral in Balashikha, in Moscow area, and an ‘alley’ of conflict burials in Ryazan, house to some of the nation’s best paratroopers.
Kutuzov was the chief of employees of the twenty ninth Combined Arms Army and was awarded a posthumous promotion to Lieutenant-General. Pictured: mourners at his funeral
The court docket choice doubtlessly prevents particulars of useless conscripts on the sunk Moskva cruiser from ever being recognized.
It comes amid a marketing campaign led by a father of lost sailor Yegor Shkrebets, 20, for Putin to return clear concerning the destiny of Black Sea Fleet flagship and people killed on board after it was hit by Ukrainian missiles.
There is suspicion that Russia has coated up the destiny of dozens – and maybe extra – crew members, principally conscripts.
But in one other crackdown, the courageous father Dmitry Shkrebets, 43, has revealed he’s beneath investigation by the Russian secret providers on terrorism costs – allegedly sending a bomb risk.
He insists the accusations are bogus and meant to silence his intention to disclose the total horror of what occurred to the warship.
The Svetlogorsk court docket of Kaliningrad area declared an inventory of troopers, killed in Ukraine, gathered in open sources by Pskov web site 60.ru as ‘prohibited info’.
Aerial photographs have revealed patches of land devoted for navy graves in Ryazan, house to some of the nation’s best paratroopers
This has led to the removing by the Network of City Websites of regional lists of the names of these killed.
The court docket dominated that the names of the useless ‘discloses losses of personnel in conflict time, and in peacetime in the course of the interval of particular navy operations’.
The court docket additionally dominated that the information is a ‘state secret’ topic to legal accountability.
One information outlet in Siberia named chita.ru carried a message as it withdrew an inventory honouring the conflict useless, and advised locals: ‘We apologise to moms and dads, wives and kids, members of the family and pals of servicemen who died in the course of the particular operation.’
In eradicating the names of those that died it mentioned: ‘We made this choice as a result of of the position of the court docket.’
They described it as a ‘pressured measure’ and cited ‘fears for the protection of journalists’.
It said: ‘Dear readers, we’re pressured to shut feedback on supplies associated to the subject of the particular operation in Ukraine and its penalties. We hope that is momentary. Thanks in your understanding.’
A disproportionate quantity of these identified to have been killed are from impoverished provinces typically 1000’s of miles from Moscow.
Among information shops hit by the most recent cover-up of the death toll are these in Novosibirsk, TransBaikal, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and Omsk.
The go well with triggering the crackdown was filed by the 73rd navy prosecutor’s office of the Baltic Fleet’s garrison.
In one area – Buryatia – some 172 useless have been recognized, although the true toll is nearly definitely increased.
But now, the media face sanctions by naming these lost in motion.
Separately, there are claims from Telegram channel Mozhem obyasnit that regional governments in Russia are procuring 1000’s of graves for households who can not afford to bury their useless.
The numbers are mentioned to be on a far increased scale than in earlier years.
In Khabarovsk area alone, an order was made for 700 graves to be dug.
In Krasnoyarsk area, the determine is 100.
Hundreds of our bodies of the useless Russian troopers are nonetheless ready held on trains in Ukraine ready to be repatriated.
Kyiv says that Moscow is in no hurry to obtain its conflict victims.
They are saved in refrigerated trains on railway tracks.
Such trains have been dubbed ‘trains of the useless’.
RUSSIA’S FALLEN GENERALS
General Magomed Tushaev: Chechen particular forces chief who had led ‘anti-gay purges’ killed in an ambush close to Hostomel on February 26
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky: Deputy commander of the forty first Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District killed throughout a particular operation by a sniper on March 4
General Magomed Tushaev (proper) was blown up within the early phases of the conflict by Ukraine after they joined the Russian invasion
Major General Vitaly Gerasimov: First deputy commander of Russia’s forty first military who took half in operations in Syria and Crimea, killed in combating round Kharkiv on March 8
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov: Commander of the twenty ninth Combined Army Army killed on March 11
Major General Vitaly Gerasimov (left) was first deputy commander of Russia’s forty first military, collaborating in operations in Syria and Crimea. He was killed in combating round Kharkiv on March 8
Major General Oleg Mityaev, died combating close to town of Mariupol on 16 March
Lt Gen Andrey Mordvichev, killed within the Kherson area on March 19
Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, commander of Russia’s forty ninth mixed military, was killed in a strike close to the southern metropolis of Kherson on March 25
Major General Vladimir Frolov was deputy commander of the eighth Guards Army in east Ukraine. His grave in St Petersburg was pictured two weeks in the past
Major General Anton Simonov, 55, was seen as the Russian navy’s main digital warfare specialist. He died throughout an assault on a Russian military command previous in northern Ukraine in early May.
Major General Kanamat Botashev, was having fun with retirement when Russian tanks rolled throughout the border on February 24 and had not flown since 2012. His Su-25 fighter jet was hit by a Stinger missile on May 22 within the Donbas skies, and he was unable to eject.
Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, commander of Russia’s forty ninth mixed military. He was killed in a strike close to the southern metropolis of Kherson on March 25
The grave of Major General Vladimir Frolov in Serafimovskoe Cemetery, St Petersburg. The circumstances of his death stay unclear
Major General Andrey Simonov (image date unknown) was an digital warfare commander