Russian Military Leaders Try To Boost Troops Morale After 10th General’s Death

Russian military leaders are reportedly struggling to boost soldier morale after a 10th general was killed this weekend in the ongoing war with Ukraine.

Major General Andrei Simonov was killed on Saturday near the town of Izyum in the northeastern Kharkiv region, according to Ukrainian authorities. The general was one of 100 soldiers killed when a barrage of rockets hit armored vehicles and tanks, in what would mark another heavy loss for the Russian military since the nation first invaded Ukraine on February 24. Kyiv Post informed.

news week could not independently verify Simonov’s death. Simonov was a top electronic warfare commander, according to the Kyiv Post.

Analysts have said that part of the reason so many generals have died during the war is that leaders have had to go to the front lines to motivate the troops.

A Ukrainian main battle tank drives down a road near Sviatohirsk in eastern Ukraine on April 30, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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“They need to go to the troops at the front and try to encourage the troops to fight and die themselves,” former Estonian military officer Riho Terras said in an interview with Express UK. “It just shows me that the spirit is not there.” “

The Ukrainian government also claimed last month that morale has dropped so low in parts of the Russian military that some troops are now refusing to fight.

“The moral and psychological condition of such personnel is low and tends to deteriorate,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement on Facebook.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon official told reporters Monday that Russian forces still “suffer from poor command control, low morale in many units,” as well as “casualty aversion,” according to the Washington Examiner. James Stavridis, NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, also said this week that the number of Russian generals killed shows the nation has displayed “staggering incompetence” during the war.

“In modern history, there is no comparable situation in terms of general deaths,” Stavridis said during a radio interview on WABC 770 AM. “Just to make a point of comparison here, the United States in all our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq… in all those years and all those battles, not a single general lost in actual combat.” He added that he believes the Russian military has an “inability to carry out logistics” and has “bad battle plans.”

Last monthnews week compiled a list of various Russian generals who have died during the war. The first general killed, Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, was reportedly hit by sniper fire on 28 February.

Since the beginning of the war, NATO has estimated that Russia has lost between 7,000 and 15,000 soldiers. However, Ukraine claims to have killed more than 20,000. In all, Russia’s military death toll has likely surpassed Ukraine’s, with Ukrainian officials claiming roughly 3,000 of its troops have been killed, Forbes reported. However, the US has not independently verified an official death toll for Ukraine.

news week contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for additional comment.

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