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A Report on What a Russian Soldier Did to His Commander Demonstrates the Mood of Russia’s Armed Forces

There's a story out of Ukraine, which–if it's true–reveals the problems the Russians are having with their conflict in Ukraine and how discontented some of their troops are over the way events are transpiring.

Based on both Ukrainian and Western sources, Colonel Yuri Medvedev, the leader of Russia’s 37th Motor Rifle Brigade, was killed by one of his soldiers in Ukraine.

According to the Daily Mail:

The official stated of Colonel Medvedev: “He had been killed by his personal soldiers we believe because of the extent of casualties sustained by his brigade… It gives a good idea of some of the morale issues the Russian forces face.”

The official further stated that the colonel appeared to be run down by a tank. “We believe that the colonel had been killed by one of his soldiers intentionally.”

As per Ukrainian reporter Roman Tsimbalyuk, a Russian soldier who was driving the vehicle blamed Medvedev for his colleague’s death. Tsimbalyuk stated that the group had been weakened to half its original strength due to injuries and deaths. “Having waited for the right moment, during battle, he [the Russian soldier] ran over the commander with a tank as he stood next to him, injuring both his legs,” Tsimbalyuk explained. The wounded officer was taken to an emergency room in Belarus.

While the Russians haven't confirmed this incident, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov (who has aided Putin during the conflict) released a video that allegedly shows wounded Medvedev being transferred to the hospital.

Then it was announced on Friday night that he had passed away. But this report has not been confirmed.

There is no doubt that the Russians have suffered huge losses in combat. The Russians announced an official count of 5,201 deaths, but this figure is probably false. NATO has estimated that the number is likely between 7,000 and 15,000. Earlier in the week, Komsomolskaya Pravda, a Russian newspaper for political parties, published an account of the casualties, citing sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense; they put the figure at near 9,861 before retracting the account, saying they were “hacked.”

Russia has also seen many top military officials removed in the past, including Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, who died at the Chornobayevka airfield in the vicinity of Kherson–the second two-star general to be killed in Ukraine.

There are news reports claiming that 20 out of the 120 battalions that Russian President Vladimir Putin assembled to fight the war have been made ineffective. These demonstrate Ukraine’s amazing response and help explain why Russian troops are being so demoralized.

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