A Russian colonel has died after being deliberately run down by his personal troops, who have been upset over the casualties of their unit, Western officers mentioned Friday.
Russian “Colonel Medvechek of the thirty seventh Motor Rifle Brigade” was killed after being run over by his troopers as a “consequence of the dimensions of losses that had been taken by his brigade,” the Evening Standard reported.
It was not instantly clear if the slain higher-up was the identical individual as Col. Yury Medvedev, who was reportedly wounded when run down by his own troops in a tank Thursday and evacuated to a Belarusian hospital.
The vehicular vengeance comes amid studies of plummeting morale within the Russian ranks.
With NATO estimating 7,000 to fifteen,000 Russian troopers killed within the combating to this point, purported communication intercepts present the Russians are nonetheless affected by logistical failures.
“Mainly, it’s a s–tshow right here, I’ll put it that means,” a Russian soldier close to Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, allegedly mentioned to his comrade in a recording launched earlier this week by Ukraine’s Safety Service.
The soldier described how Ukrainian troops “tore aside” a column of Russian forces and added that fifty p.c of his unit suffered from frostbite to the ft.
“However they don’t plan to deal with them within the [field] hospital,” he mentioned.
Russian troopers even have complained that they have been ignored after they reported that their Kevlar vests lack hardened panels, in response to the cellphone name.
“‘Comrade Normal, rattling it, I’ve this example,’” the soldier remembers others telling their common. “And he simply says, ‘Son, be robust,’ after which he f–ked off. It’s such trash right here … Our personal aircraft dropped a bomb on us.”