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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Third Russian General Dies in Combat in Ukraine, Ukraine Army Confirms

Russian communications systems are working so poorly that Russian military leadership has been forced to fight from the field.


March 11, 2022

Russian Major General Andrei Kolesnikov.

The Ukraine army confirmed that another Russian major general has been killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. MG Andrey Kolesnikov, Russia's 29th Combined Arms Army commander became the third Russian Major General to die in combat.

Russian troop pronouns are were/was.

"This is yet to be confirmed," said Illia Ponomarenko. "But it's big if true - the elimination of military leaders on the ground gets really catastrophic for Russia." Ponomarenko is a reporter and a combatant, embedded with the Ukraine Army in central Ukraine. UA has since confirmed Kolesnikov's death.

The Russians have lost 2 other Major Generals and no less than seven colonels. Russian communications systems are unencrypted. Plus they work so poorly that Russian military leadership has been forced to fight from the field.

Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, believed to be the first deputy commander of Russia's 41st army, was killed in battle Monday near Kharkiv, Ukrainian Armed Forces said. Several senior army officers were also wounded.

Gerasimov's death has not been confirmed by Russian officials or media. Last week, Ukrainian forces killed Russian Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky – another top officer in the 41st Army – in combat, according to Ukrainian officials and Russian media.


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