Russian colonel killed in Ukraine as Putin attempts to reorganize armed forces

Despite recent advances by the Kremlin, another Russian colonel has reportedly died in Ukraine, further adding to the death toll among the military’s top officials.

Lt. Col. Zaur Dimayev, the deputy commander of the 4th battalion of the special forces regiment Akhmat Kadyrov, was killed by artillery fire on Tuesday in the Donbass region of Ukraine – where the center of the fighting has shifted – according to the Baza Telegram channel.

Dimayev, an ally of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was reportedly driving in a military SUV when the vehicle was hit by a shell, killing Dimayev and the driver. Baza Telegram reported that two Chechen police officers also died in the attack.

Dimayev’s death is the latest among Russia’s senior commanders forced to the front lines over alleged poor organization, and it comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin fired six of his senior military leaders.

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Russian Lt. Col. Zaur Dimayev was reportedly killed in Ukraine’s Donbass region on Tuesday. Smoke rises above in the city of Severodonetsk during fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region May 30, 2022, the 96th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a report by Moscow-based RBK Group, Putin issued a decree on Monday announcing the dismissal of five generals at Russia’s Interior Ministry and a police colonel.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks its 100th day this Friday, Putin has ramped up his military efforts in a battle that wasn’t the quick victory he expected.

Despite more than three months of fighting, Russia has failed to capture the capital, Kyiv, and at least 49 Russian colonels have died in combat, the Daily Mail reported, although neither Russia nor Ukraine have released an official tally.

Last week Moscow confirmed that one of Russia’s top paratroopers, Lt. Col. Alexander Dosyagayev, was killed in Bucha.

Dosyagayev’s battalion was recognized as Russia’s most elite battalion and was crowned the winner in the Winged Infantry category at last year’s Army of Russia military festival.

Fighting in Donbass has recently forced Ukrainian troops to retreat, but Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the war-torn Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, said recently news week that his troops have a “strategic withdrawal plan”.

“Fighting has actually intensified significantly in recent days because the Russian army has used many forces and equipment to seize the entire Luhansk region,” Haidai said.

“Fighting will continue, our military will not be encircled, ammunition supplies will continue, and they will be able to hold their positions and attack Russian forces from above,” he added.

Haidai confirmed that Russian forces controlled about 70 percent of Severodonetsk on Tuesday. A victory in the city would give Moscow near-total control of one of Ukraine’s two easternmost provinces – a key war objective.

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Rick Schindler

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