Putin’s humiliation as 50th colonel killed in Ukraine – one every two days

Vladimir Putin has been humiliated once again after losing another colonel, the 50th to have been killed since he launched the invasion of Ukraine in February.

Artillery commander Lt Col Vladimir Nigmatullin, thought to be 46 and a dad-of-thee from Yekaterinburg, was killed on May 31.

His death was only revealed to Russian forces today and has now been confirmed by his family.

Nigmatullin's passing means that Putin has been losing colonels at a rate of one every two days since Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine.

It is yet to be confirmed exactly how Nigmatullin was killed.

Taking to social media, his sister-in-law Marina Konyukhova said: “Eternal memory, darling, dear, much-loved man, you passed away.

“We still cannot believe you are gone. You are a father of three children, and an amazing husband to my sister.

“I am always proud of you, and I will always be proud. You set an example to the Motherland, so that everyone does like you did.

“You were ordered with the Order of Bravery, posthumously. You went through a lot of conflict areas.”

Putin also recently lost his 11th general since the conflict began, Major-General Roman Kutuzov.

Kutuzov was the chief of staff of the 29th Combined Arms Army and was killed in a Ukrainian ambush in the Donbas.

Russian news outlet Readovka reported: “He calmly walked up the career ladder, successfully commanded the troops, and died as a soldier, fighting on the front lines.”

Alexander Sladkov, a reporter with the state-owned Rossiya 1, wrote on Telegram: "The general had led soldiers into attack, as if there are not enough colonels.

"On the other hand, Roman was the same commander as everyone else, albeit a higher rank."

Kutuzov has also been awarded a posthumous promotion, to Lieutenant-General.

One mourner, who claimed to know the Major-General personally, said he "lived a hero and died a hero".

“My condolences to his loved ones, strength and patience to his subordinates and fellow officers,” they added.

There a rumours that Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov, a more senior general aged 47, was also killed in the same incident.

Berdnikov was in charge of the Russian armed forces in Syria until a few weeks ago.

He was then moved to the Donetsk People’s Republic to command Putin's invasion forces there.

If confirmed, his death will mark Russia's 12th general killed in Ukraine.

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