Ukraine struggle: Russia admits first loss of GRU intelligence officer

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Russia has admitted to dropping its first GRU navy intelligence spy within the struggle – the newest high-profile casualty of the savage Ukraine invasion. 

Captain Alexey Glushchak, 31, from Tyumen in Siberia, died within the carnage in Ukrainian port Mariupol, however the Russians have given no particulars of how he was killed.

‘Due to the strict secrecy of the navy operation, the circumstances of the dying of the Tyumen hero usually are not disclosed,’ mentioned an announcement. 

Pictures emerged of father-of-one Glushchak’s funeral in Russia, the place he was buried with full navy honours and a guard of honour, regardless of Russia hiding ‘hundreds’ of deaths from these again at dwelling. 

Putin’s stalling invasion has up to now seen the loss of 12 commanders together with three generals.

The funeral of Captain Alexey Glushchak, a navy intelligence officer with Russia’s GRU spy company, is pictured going down 

Glushchak was killed preventing close to Mariupol, the Russian navy mentioned, because it acknowledges dropping a GRU officer for the first time

On the day the navy intelligence officer died he had spoken to each his spouse and mom in Russia, it was revealed.

He known as to congratulate them on International Women’s Day however on the identical day within the night they realized he had been killed.

He can be posthumously adorned. 

It isn’t clear precisely when Glushchak (pictured) died, although it’s regarded as in early phases of the preventing 

Two elite paratrooper intelligence officers had been additionally revealed to have been killed because the toll worsens for Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Georgy Dudorov, deputy commander of the reconnaissance company for the 137th regiment of the 106th Tula Guards Airborne Division, was acknowledged as useless. 

Another paratrooper intelligence officer killed was Aleksey Aleshko, a graduate of the distinguished Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne School.

It follows the loss of Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the twenty ninth Combined Arms Army final week, the third normal to be killed in battle of the 20 collaborating within the invasion.

His dying got here 4 days after the killing of Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, the first deputy commander of Russia’s forty first military.

The normal took half within the second Chechen struggle, the Russian navy operation in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea, profitable medals from these campaigns. 

According to reviews, Gerasimov was the son of Valery Gerasimov – the Chief of General Staff of Russia’s armed forces. 

And Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, 47, deputy commander of the forty first Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was killed.

Sukhovetsky died throughout a particular operation in Ukraine, his comrade-in-arms Sergey Chipilev wrote on social media. 

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 

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

Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky, who led air assault troops died within the south of Ukraine

Sagyndyk Kudaibergenov (left), 22, from Tyumen has been killed together with Vladimir Plekhanov (proper), 24

He was shot and killed by a sniper close to Mariupol, which has been below a brutal siege by Russian forces for days. 

Their deaths coincide with the first expressions of anger and dismay on the toll of coffins now returning to Russia.

Accurate numbers of Russian troops killed in preventing are laborious to come back by. Ukraine claims 12,000 have been killed, however has not up to date that determine for a number of days.

European and American estimates are decrease – between 2,000 and 6,000 – whereas Russia has solely acknowledged round 500 deaths.

The GRU was behind the poisoning with Novichok of its former spy Sergei Skripal – who had defected to Britain – in Salisbury. 

Moscow has given no up-to-date complete of these killed within the struggle, and named solely a handful of the fallen, which embrace a number of generals.

Many funerals presently seen within the media are for troopers slain on the finish of February.

Russia is taking two weeks or extra to move their our bodies again to family members, many of whom stay within the Russian Far East hundreds of miles from the bloody struggle zone.

The ache is clear in an rising quantity of hostile and anguished posts.

‘When will this cease, we’re seeing coffins virtually every day?’ mentioned one.

‘Why did we have to ship our boys into this hell?’ requested one other.

A funeral was additionally held for Corporal Danil Novolodsky, 24, a senior gunner on an air assault artillery battery.

Glushchak’s portrait is pictured laying on prime of his coffin together with navy awards he had been given, as Russia’s dying toll from 18 days of preventing in Ukraine mounts

Despite Moscow acknowledging taking losses in Ukraine, it’s regarded as hiding ‘hundreds’ of deaths from its personal individuals (pictured, Glushchak’s funeral)

He was awarded the Order of Courage below a decree signed by Vladimir Putin.

He was from Ulan-Ude, capital of the republic of Buryatia in Siberia, a primarily Buddhist area, which has suffered a disproportionate quantity of fatalities amongst Russian troopers killed in Ukraine.

Ahead of the invasion, tens of hundreds of troops had been despatched west on the Trans-Siberian Railway to struggle within the coming struggle.

Another funeral from the identical area was held for Vladimir Plekhanov, 24, an orphan raised by a dwelling foster household.

Sagyndyk Kudaibergenov, 22, from Tyumen, just like the GRU agent , was buried with navy honours, say reviews.

He was killed in mortar hearth whereas deploying communications tools throughout a river.

He was killed on 26 February however his funeral was solely on 11 March.