Russian Leader Killed Days After Bragging About Ease Of Ukraine War

( A Russian general who initially predicted that the war with Ukraine would end very quickly, the Ukrainian military has confirmed that he has been killed.

The BBC reported that the Defense Ministry in Ukraine said last Friday that Yakov Rezantsev, a lieutenant general for Russia, was killed near Kherson, in the southern part of Ukraine.

Four days following the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, the military there intercepted a communication from a soldier on Russia’s side that said Rezantsev believed the war would be over within just a few hours.

Rezantsev is now the seventh general with the Russian army to be killed during their invasion of neighboring Ukraine. He commanded the 49th combined army for Russia.

According to media outlets in Ukraine, the general was killed at the Chornobaivka airbase. That is the same base were a previous strike had killed another lieutenant general for Russia, Andrei Mordvichev.

On Friday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry sent a tweet that read:

“Yakov Rezantsev is the second Russian lieutenant general to die in the war against Ukraine. Torn apart Georgian Abkhazia, bombed-out Syria and finally inglorious elimination of Ukraine. This is becoming a typical track record of Russian generals.”

It seems as though Ukrainian forces are actually tracking officers with the Russian military, and is seeking them out.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that sources within the Ukrainian government said a military intelligence team actually tracks these officers in hopes of killing them.

In recent days, many higher-ranking military officials with Russia have been forced to take vulnerable positions that are exposed, due to issues with communications and also advances being stalled.

Foreign Policy recently reported that an anonymous European diplomat said about Russia:

“They’re struggling on the front line to get their orders through. They’re having to go to the front line to make things happen, which is putting them at much greater risk than you would normally see.

“It’s all about a lack of preparedness among the military. They are asking for things to happen, and they are not happening.”

Compounding the problem for these generals is that the Russian government, behind President Vladimir Putin, is pushing them hard to make big gains in Ukraine.

A retired four-star Navy admiral, James Foggo, recently commented that the Russian government is giving orders for the military to push hard “and make progress or else.”

Foggo currently serves as the leader of the Center for Maritime Strategy at the Navy League of the United States.

Nexta TV, a media outlet in Ukraine, also recently tweeted facts that were first reported by Forbes.

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion at the end of February, the Ukrainian army has actually gained 43 tanks. While they lost 74 of their own, they captured 117 from Russia.

Russia, meanwhile, has lost a total of 530 tanks since the invasion began.

Foggo said a lot of this is due to Russia having an “undisciplined and unprofessional army that is poorly led and poorly trained, and to make up for it, [they] push the generals into the fold.”