The death of another Russian general in the war in Ukraine is a sign that there are not enough lower ranked officers to carry out all the missions, according to a Russian state journalist, Business Insider reported on Monday.
The journalist, Alexander Sladkov, said that Maj. Gen. Roman Kutuzov had "led soldiers into attack, as if there are not enough colonels," according to a translation by the BBC.
Russia's military has neither commented on Kutuzov nor confirmed if he died. In addition, it is unclear exactly how many of its generals have been killed in the ongoing invasion, although it has lost a high number of generals during the conflict in Ukraine.
The BBC reported that Kutuzov's death came as rumors circulated on social media that a second senior officer, Lt.-Gen. Roman Berdnikov, commander of the 29th Army, was also killed in fighting over the weekend, but the BBC said it was unable to independently verify those claims.
James Stavridis, a former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, told Business Insider last month that "in modern history, there is no situation comparable in terms of the deaths of generals," explaining that "on the Russian side, in a two-month period, we've seen at least a dozen, if not more, Russian generals killed."
The U.K.'s Defense Ministry said last month that due to the problems Russia's army has faced in war, senior Russian commanders have been drawn into the battlefield, most "likely to take personal leadership of operations."
Experts also told Agence France-Presse in March that Russian generals may have been taking a more active role in an attempt to motivate their troops as the invasion has become bogged down.
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