Ground Report | New Delhi: Who was Yakov Rezantsev; Russia has lost another of its generals in the war in Ukraine, Kyiv military sources said, as Ukraine inflicts punitive losses on Moscow’s war machine. Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, 48, commander of the army’s 49th Combined Arms Division, became the fifth general to be killed after being killed in an attack by the Ukrainian armed forces, sources in kyiv said.
He was Commander of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District. The Russian side has so far not confirmed the death.
Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, said: “Over the last day, our troops, as we previously reported and can now say with certainty, killed the commander of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Russian Southern Military District, Lt. General Yakov Vladimirovich Rezantsev.
One service member said Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezantsev told them on the fourth day of his deployment that the war would be over quickly. The soldier said, “Do you know what he told us? ‘It is no secret to anyone that there are only a few hours left until this special operation is over.’ And now those hours continue.”
As the Kremlin is reportedly furious at the loss of some of its top generals, experts have said there could be a catalog of reasons why top Russian officials have fallen. It comes amid reports of unreliable equipment and electronic devices among Russian forces, as well as subordinates too terrified to make quick decisions.
According to Arestovych, the enemy general was liquidated at the Chornobaivka airfield in the Kherson region. It comes two days after Western officials said they believed six Russian generals had been killed since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine on February 24.