Vladimir Putin has lost a fifth General who was killed in action at Chornobaivka, near the southern city of Kherson. Putin is suffering heavy losses with more than 14,000 Russian soldiers killed and now Lieutenant-General Andrei Mordvichev, commander of the 8th Combined Arms Army was killed in Kherson.
Analysts have said Putin has now lost one quarter of his military leaders since the war started on 24 February.
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Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces said in a statement, “As a result of fire on the enemy by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commander of the 8th All-Military Army of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General Andrey Mordvishev was killed.”
Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British armed forces, told BBC Breakfast on Saturday, “We understand that they were briefed really poorly, that they would go, that they’d be moving quickly, they’d be welcomed as peacekeepers and liberators, but in fact what they found was that the Ukrainian armed forces, Ukrainian civilians were fighting resolutely against them.
“These young men are absolutely confused, many of them are very young, frightened, exhausted from weeks of exercising.”
He added, “These young men, not only frightened, are now hungry, the fuel for their tanks is not available, so they’ve been placed in a terrible situation.
“It’s therefore no surprise the Russian army has not made progress on the ground. They’ve had to resort now to this morally indefensible tactic of shelling defenceless civilians.”