Ground Report | New Delhi: Russian commander tank; Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has so far claimed thousands of lives – including Russians. The exact number of dead Russian soldiers is disputed; The US claims more than 4,000 while a rare update from Moscow last week said 498 of its fighters were killed in the first week of the war.
According to officials in the West and Kyiv, Russian soldiers fired a tank at one of their superiors after their unit suffered heavy losses in a fight against the Ukrainian army.
Colonel Yuri Medvedev is said to have suffered serious leg injuries in the attack, which either killed, or wounded about half of the soldiers in his brigade of 1,500 in a series of conflicts in the early weeks of the war.
Some of the 37th Brigade’s intense fighting took place in Makarev outside Kyiv, which Russian forces are trying to seize in an effort to surround the Ukrainian capital.
The service member also said that his commander, Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, told him on the fourth day of his deployment that the war would be over soon. “Do you know what they told us? ‘It’s no secret to anyone that there are only a few hours left for this particular campaign to end.’ And now those hours are still running,” said the soldier.
In the phone call, the soldiers also said that their complaints that their armored vests did not have tight panels were ignored. He also complained that his boss had left him for several days.
“Comrade General, damn it, I have this position,” he recalled telling the soldiers to the general. “And he just says, ‘Son, be strong,’ and then he f**k off. It’s such garbage here… Our own plane bombed us.” He said that “even in Chechnya, there was nothing like this … this ‘special operation’, damn it … with respect to houses that are not to be destroyed … this is bull**t,”
On Wednesday, NATO estimated that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in a four-week war in Ukraine, where fierce resistance from the country’s defenders has denied Moscow the power victory it had sought.