Usiya reportedly lost her 40th high-ranking officer after the invasion of Ukraine reached its 50th day.
Lieutenant Colonel Denis Mezhuev, commander of the 1st Guards Motorized Rifle Sevastopol Red Banner Regiment, was killed in battle, according to reports from both Russia and Ukraine.
No details were given, nor was there any official Russian confirmation of the Ukrainian claim, but the patriotic Russian poet Andrei Kovalev called on Mezhuev to be posthumously honored with Russia’s highest honor.
“Because of his deed, he is worthy of the title of Hero of Russia,” he wrote.
Another death account for his death on VK says: “His son can be proud of his father.
Ukraine says Russia has already lost a total of seven generals and 33 colonels in the war.
The scale of the high-profile casualties refutes Vladimir Putin’s claim that his “special military operation” is going according to plan.
The total loss to Russia since the start of the war on February 24 is estimated at about 20,000 – but Moscow has refused to give exact figures.
A day earlier, the surrender of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol reportedly led Russian troops to the body of the slain Russian general.
According to sources, the Russians removed the body of Major General Oleg Mityaev, 47, commander of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division of the army.