Vladimir Putin’s Russian Army has lost another commander – the 15th of Putin’s top military leaders to be killed as the country’s invasion of Ukraine heads into its second month.
Colonel Alexei Sharov became the latest high-ranking Russian official to die in what has become the country’s biggest loss of military higher-ups since World War II. His death was announced by Ukrainian armed forces on social media Tuesday.
The commander of the 810th Guards Separate Order of Zhukov Brigade in the Russian Marines, Sharov was reportedly killed in Mariupol, a city in which over 100,000 people have been trapped amid a siege by the invading Russians.
At least 902 civilians have been killed and 1,459 wounded in Ukraine as of midnight on March 19, the UN human rights office said.
Ten million people have been displaced, including nearly 3.4 million who have fled the country, the U.N. refugee agency said.
Russian media had reported that they’ve lost almost 10,000 troops of their own since the invasion began but the tabloid paper Komsomolskaya Pravda has since said they were hacked and this was not the case.
Russia has not officially updated its casualty figures since stating on March 2 that 498 servicemen had been killed and 1,597 wounded.
Since then its offensive has run into further heavy resistance from Ukraine’s army and volunteer defense forces.
Russian top military officials killed during the invasion
Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev
Major General Vitaly Gerasimov
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky
Major-General Oleg Mityaev
Colonel Nikolay Ovcharenko
Colonel Sergei Porokhyna
Colonel Sergei Sukharev
Colonel Andrei Zakharov
Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky
Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov
Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov
Major Viktor Maksimchuk
General Magomed Tushaev
Captain Andrey Paliy
Captain Alexey Glushchak
Colonel Alexei Sharov