Ground Report | New Delhi: Yuri Medvedev; A Russian brigade commander was killed by his own troops in Ukraine, Western officials said, adding they believed the act was “deliberate.” An angry Russian soldier ran over Russian Colonel Yuri Medvedev with a tank in protest, it has been claimed.
Enraged at the heavy losses suffered by the unit, it is said that he shot down his commander in front of other horrified soldiers. Western officials confirmed that the Russian general was killed “as a result of the scale of losses his brigade had suffered,” it has been said.
The troop behind the wheel of the tank “blamed the group’s commander, Colonel Yuri Medvedev, for the death of his friends,” Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsimbalyuk said on Facebook last week.
“Having waited for the right moment, during the battle he ran over the commander with a tank while he was standing next to him, injuring both legs,” he wrote on the social media platform.
Earlier, 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, the 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.”