Russia suffers its worst massacre of military leadership since the Second World War


Vladimir Putin’s Russian Army has lost one other commander – the fifteenth  of Putin’s high military leaders to be killed as the nation’s invasion of Ukraine heads into its second month. 

Colonel Alexei Sharov turned the newest high-ranking Russian official to die in what has turn out to be the nation’s greatest loss of military higher-ups since World War II. His loss of life was introduced by Ukrainian armed forces on social media Tuesday. 

The commander of the 810th Guards Separate Order of Zhukov Brigade in the Russian Marines, Sharov was reportedly killed in Mariupol, a metropolis wherein over 100,000 individuals have been trapped amid a siege by the invading Russians. 

At least 902 civilians have been killed and 1,459 wounded in Ukraine as of midnight on March 19, the UN human rights office stated.

Ten million individuals have been displaced, together with practically 3.4 million who’ve fled the nation, the U.N. refugee company stated. 

Russian media had reported that they’ve lost virtually 10,000 troops of their very own since the invasion started however the tabloid paper Komsomolskaya Pravda has since said they had been hacked and this was not the case.  

Russia has not formally up to date its casualty figures since stating on March 2 that 498 servicemen had been killed and 1,597 wounded. Since then its offensive has run into additional heavy resistance from Ukraine’s military and volunteer defence forces.

Russian high military officers killed throughout invasion 

  • Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev
  • Major General Vitaly Gerasimov
  • Major General Andrei Kolesnikov
  • Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky
  • Major-General Oleg Mityaev 
  • Colonel Nikolay Ovcharenko
  • Colonel Sergei Porokhyna
  • Colonel Sergei Sukharev
  • Colonel Andrei Zakharov
  • Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky
  • Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov
  • Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov
  • Major Viktor Maksimchuk
  • General Magomed Tushaev
  • Captain Andrey Paliy
  • Captain Alexey Glushchak
  • Colonel Alexei Sharov

Sharov’s loss of life comes after the loss of life of Colonel Nikolay Ovcharenko, Commander of the forty fifth Engineering Regiment.  

Sharov is the fifth colonel to die and marks 15 of Russia’s military commanders to have died in the invasion, in line with The Sun. Foreign Policy reported that Moscow has suffered its highest casualty rate amongst high brass since the WWII.   

The information comes as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky stated some 100,000 are nonetheless in the besieged metropolis of Mariupol, trapped ‘in inhumane circumstances’ whereas low on provides and beneath fixed assault.  

In his common night deal with the Ukrainian president stated that one group fleeing alongside an agreed humanitarian route had been ‘merely captured by the occupiers.’

He added: ‘There are about 100,000 individuals in the metropolis – in inhumane circumstances, in a whole blockade, no meals, no water, no drugs, beneath fixed shelling.’ 

Zelensky additionally accused Russian forces of not solely blocking a humanitarian convoy making an attempt to take desperately wanted help to Mariupol however seizing what one other Ukrainian official stated had been 15 of the bus drivers and rescue employees on the help mission, together with their automobiles.

The Ukrainian president stated the Russians had agreed to the route forward of time.

‘We are attempting to organise steady humanitarian corridors for Mariupol residents, however virtually all of our makes an attempt, sadly, are foiled by the Russian occupiers, by shelling or deliberate terror,’ he added in a nightly video deal with to the nation. 

Two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ hit Mariupol yesterday as officers tried to evacuate 1000’s of civilians from the besieged metropolis, which has been described as a ‘hell-scape riddled with lifeless our bodies’ by humanitarian employees.

Russia’s conflict casualties 

Major General Andrei Kolesnikov: Commander of the twenty ninth Combined Army Army

Major General Vitaly Gerasimov: First deputy commander of Russia’s forty first military who took half in operations in Syria and Crimea

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

Major-General Oleg Mityaev: Commander of the military’s one hundred and fiftieth motorised rifle division, died preventing round the besieged metropolis of Mariupol

Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the twenty ninth Combined Arms Army was killed final week in one other blow to the Kremlin

Major General Vitaly Gerasimov (left) was killed final week and was  the first deputy commander of Russia’s forty first military. Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky (Right), 47, deputy commander of the forty first Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was additionally killed in Ukraine 

Major-General Oleg Mityaev, 47 (left and proper), was killed by Ukrainian troops close to Mariupol – Kyiv has stated

Colonel Andrei Zakharov: Killed in a Ukrainian ambush close to Kyiv

Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov: Leader of marine brigade killed after Ukrainian forces recaptured Chernihiv

Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov: Leader of air assault troops killed in Chernihiv

Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky: Leader of air assault troops killed in the south of Ukraine

Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov (proper) died in a battle in Chuhuiv and 

Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky (left), who led air assault troops died in the south of Ukraine and Captain Alexey Glushchak (proper), of the GRU intelligence service, who died preventing close to Mariupol

Colonel Andrei Zakharov (proper, with Vladimir Putin) was killed in an ambush close to Kyiv in the opening days of the conflict, whereas

General Magomed Tushaev: Chechen particular forces chief killed in an ambush close to Hostomel

Vladimir Zhonga: Leader of neo-Nazi Sparta Battalion backed by the Kremlin

Georgy Dudorov: Deputy commander of the reconnaissance company for the 137th regiment of the 106th Tula Guards Airborne Division

Aleksey Aleshko: Paratroop intelligence officer that was a graduate of the prestigious Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne School

Vladimir Zhoga (left), the chief of a military group from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, was killed in Volnovakha whereas Chechen basic Magomed Tushaev (proper) was reported killed in an ambush on an armoured column 

Georgy Dudorov (left), deputy commander of an airborne reconnaissance division, and Aleksey Aleshko (proper), a paratroop intelligence officer, have additionally been killed

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated there ‘won’t be sufficient house for everybody’ to depart the metropolis on Tuesday – amid estimates that as much as 300,000 individuals stay there – however ‘we are going to attempt to perform the evacuation till we now have gotten all the inhabitants.’

As the evacuation acquired beneath approach two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ struck the port metropolis, native officers stated, with out saying whether or not they killed anybody. ‘It is evident that the occupiers aren’t curious about the metropolis of Mariupol, they need to raze it to the floor, to cut back it to ashes,’ they stated.  

It got here as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres referred to as for an finish to the ‘absurd conflict’ began when Vladimir Putin gave the order to invade virtually precisely a month in the past, warning that the battle is ‘going nowhere quick’ and that the Ukrainian individuals are ‘enduring a dwelling hell.’

‘Continuing the conflict in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily nonsensical,’ Guterres stated. ‘Even if Mariupol falls, Ukraine can’t be conquered metropolis by metropolis, avenue by avenue, home by home. 

‘This conflict is unwinnable. Sooner or later, it should transfer from the battlefield to the peace desk. It is time to finish this absurd conflict,’ he added. 

President Zelensky stated Ukraine is ‘on the brink of surviving’ its conflict as he informed lawmakers in a video deal with yesterday that Italy should cease being ‘a resort for murderers’ and urged the nation to ban Russian ships from its ports.

In a speech to the Italian parliament, Zelensky urged the nation’s MPs to freeze all property belonging to the Russian elite and to declare a full commerce embargo, beginning with oil.

Two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ hit Mariupol as we speak as officers tried to evacuate 1000’s of civilians from the besieged metropolis, which has been described as a ‘hell-scape riddled with lifeless our bodies’ by humanitarian employees

A handout satellite tv for pc picture made obtainable by Maxar Technologies exhibits a burning high-rise condominium buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine

Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February prompting the nation’s president to declare martial regulation and triggering a sequence of bulletins by Western nations to impose extreme financial sanctions on Russia

He stated: ‘You know very effectively who orders troops to go to conflict and who propagates this. Almost all of them use Italy as a spot to relaxation. Do not be a resort for murderers.

‘Freeze all their property, accounts and yachts. Freeze all the property of those that have affect, allow them to use it for peace. Support sanctions towards Russia, a full commerce embargo, beginning with oil.’

He additionally requested Italy to take away enemy troops from Ukraine and to assist perform the de-mining and reconstruction of the nation ‘after this conflict’.

‘Together with you, along with Italy. Together with Europe. Together – in the European Union,’ he added.

He additionally begged the nation’s MPs to step up sanctions on the Russian economic system, saying ‘extra stress’ will help Ukraine stand up to the Kremlin assault.

US President Joe Biden will meet with European leaders at a unprecedented NATO summit in Brussels on March 24. He will attend a scheduled European Council summit, the place efforts to impose sanctions are underway. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated: ‘While he is there, his purpose is to fulfill in particular person face-to-face together with his European counterparts and speak about, assess the place we’re at this level in the battle in the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

‘We’ve been extremely aligned so far. That does not occur accidentally. The president is a giant believer in face-to-face diplomacy. So it is a chance to do precisely that.’

The journey follows Kamala Harris’s go to to japanese flank NATO nations of Poland and Romania final week to debate with leaders the rising refugee disaster in japanese Europe and to underscore the US’s assist for NATO.

Poland’s overseas minister Zbigniew Rau stated Tuesday a go to by Biden to Poland was ‘very possible’ when he involves Europe. 

More than 1.8million Ukrainians have fled to Poland since the begin of the conflict, in line with the UN. More than three million individuals have fled Ukraine since Russian launched its invasion.

Rau informed Polish state TVP INFO: ‘It could be arduous to think about a greater place for the United States and for the complete alliance to emphasize their position than the brightest hyperlink on the japanese flank, that Poland is.’

Psaki stated she didn’t have extra particulars about whether or not Biden would go to Poland throughout the journey.

 The newest assaults come forward of Biden’s journey to Europe subsequent week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki (pictured)