We have seen so many top level Russian officers die in Ukraine,

I decided to build a running tally, as it seems they are losing too many commanders to continue effectively.   Being that they are a top heavy structure, this becomes as big as impediment as supply lines.

This is not built to be a morbid fascination.  

Feel free to let me know if I need any changes

First we need to know the structure, with a current tally in parenthesis

1st Marshal of the Russian Federation          

2nd Army general or Admiral of the fleet      

3rd Colonel general or Admiral        

4th Lieutenant general or Vice Admiral (N=2)

5th Major General or Counter Admiral (N=4)

6th Colonel or Captain 1st rank (N=6)

7th Lieutenant colonel or Captain 2nd rank (N=3)

I have included two commanders from Chechen and DPR units

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Magomed Tushaev

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February 27th

General/Chechen Warlord

Commander of Chechen Special Forces

Source: Ukraine Ministry of Defense

Tushaev was reported to have been killed in a battle in Ukraine after a 56 tank convoy of Chechen tanks were destroyed near Hostomel, according to The Daily Mail.

Forces from Russia’s Chechnya region have been supporting Putin in his invasion of Ukraine.

Another warlord reported killed is Vladimir Zhonga, who led the Sparta Battalion, a Neo-Nazi military unit that has the Kremlin’s backing.

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Andrei Sukhovetsky

February 28th

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Major General

Commanding General of 7th Airborne

Deputy Commander of 41st Combined

Source: Russian Confirmation

Sukhovetsky was killed in combat in Ukraine on February 28th. According to Ukrainian sources, he was shot by a sniper. It could have come when landing at Hostomel Airport or when walking in front of the infamous stalled convoy.

His death was first reported by Andrey Terekhov, a retired Russian intelligence officer, on Twitter on 1 March

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Vladimir Zhoga

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March 5th

Colonel (Separatist DPR)

Commander of Sparta Battalion

Source: confirmed

A leader of a rebel military group in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), blamed for brutal war crimes and shooting Ukrainian POWs since its formation in 2014, was shot dead in battle. Russian warlord Zhoga, who headed the Neo-Nazi Sparta Battalion, was killed in Volnovakha.

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Vitaly Gerasimov

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March 7th

Major General

1st Deputy Commander of 41st Army

Source: Ukrainian Intelligence

Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov became the second senior Russian commander killed after Ukrainian military intelligence claimed he was shot dead in Kharkiv. The defense ministry released intercepted audio of what it said were two Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, officers discussing the death.

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Dmitry Safronov

March 7th

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander of 61st Marine Brigade

Source: Ukranian Defense Ministry

Ukraine said that Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov was killed during fighting when Ukrainian forces recaptured the city of Chuhuiv in the Kharkiv region.  He will be one of five top commanders to be killed on this day.

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Denis Glebov

March 7th

Lieutenant Colonel

Deputy Commander of 11th Separate Airborne

Source: Confirmed by Russia

In the same statement announcing Safronov’s death, Ukraine said that Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov, had also been killed.

Russian news outlets reported that Glebov was killed while taking part in a special operation in Donbas and was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.

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Yuri Agarkov

March 7th

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander of 33rd Motorized Rifle

Source: Confirmed by governor of Pskov

Guard Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov died alongside Konstantin Zizevsky, according to the same Instagram post by Mikhail Vedernikov, the governor of the Pskov Region.

Agarkov had previously served as the 56th Air Assault Brigade chief of staff and commanded a motorized rifle regiment, according to a report in the Russian media.

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Konstantin Zizevsky

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March 7th

Colonel

Commander of 247th Guard Air Assault

Source: Confirmed by governor of Pskov

Konstantin Zizevsky was reported to have been killed during a military operation to “protect the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” His death was confirmed in an Instagram post by Mikhail Vedernikov, the governor of the Pskov Region.

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Andrei Zakharov

March 10th

Colonel

Commander of unspecified Tank Regiment

Source: Ukraine

Andrei Zakharov was killed in an ambush on a Russian armored column in a suburb of Kyiv

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Andrey Kolesnikov

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March 11th

Major General

Commander of 29th Combined

Source: Ukraine

Kolesnikov took part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine and was killed, according to the Ukrainian officials, on March 11th.   While NATO officials have confirmed that a Russian commander from Russia’s eastern military district became the third Russian general officer to be killed in the hostilities, no name has been specified.

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Sergei Porokhnya

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March 13th

Colonel

Commander of 12th Engineer Brigade

Source: confirmed

Sergei Porokhnya, based in Ufa, was reportedly killed in Ukraine.

Russian outlet KP-Ufa reported that the colonel was killed during a “special operation” in Ukraine, which was confirmed by some of his Russian colleagues on social media.

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Oleg Mityaev

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March 15th

Major General

Commander of Russia’s 150th Motorized Rifle Division

Source: Azov Battalion (confirmed by photo)

Russia reportedly lost its fourth general after Maj. Gen. Oleg Mityaev who was killed during the Russian assault on the city of Mariupol, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, wrote on Telegram. Ukrainian troops were able to intercept a call by a Russian general and kill him, according to The New York Times.

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Andrei Mordvichev

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March 16th

Lieutenant General

Commander the 8th General Army of the Southern Military District

Source: Ukraine

Russian Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev died as a result of enemy fire, the general staff of the Ukrainian army said on Twitter. The general was reportedly killed when Ukraine struck the airfield in Chornobayivka, near Kherson Airport, which is being used as a temporary Russian base.

The Kremlin has not confirmed the general’s death.

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Sergei Sukharev

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March 17th

Colonel

Commander of 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment

Source: confirmed

Colonel Sergei Sukharev and his deputy Major Sergei Krylov were killed in battle in Ukraine, according to Russian state TV. Sukharev was a leading Russian paratroop commander who’s regiment fought against Ukraine outside the city Ilovaisk in Donbas back in 2014. Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko said that Sukharev was “directly responsible for the Ilovaisk massacre of 2014.”

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Alexei Sharov

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March 22nd

Colonel

Commander of 810th Guards Separate Order of Zhukov Brigade Marines

Source: Ukraine

Colonel Alexei Sharov was reported to have been killed by Ukrainian forces in the besieged southern city of Mariupol.  His death was reported by Odesa military administration spokesman Sergey Bratchuk on Telegram post, along with several Ukrainian news outlets including Ukrinform.

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Yuri Medvedev

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March 25th

Colonel

Commander of 37th Motor Brigade

Source: Ukraine

A Russian brigade commander in Ukraine has died after being run down with a tank by his own mutinous troops, it was revealed today. Western officials believe Colonel Yuri Medvedev was brutally taken out after his Brigade suffered huge losses.

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Yakov Rezantsev

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March 25th

Lieutenant General

Commander of 49th Combined

Source: Kyiv Independent

Ukraine said it killed on Russia’s highest-ranking officials, Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezantsev,  The Kyiv Independent’s Illia Ponomarenko reported.  Russia has not confirmed.

Rezantsev had previously boasted that the invasion of Ukraine would be over in hours.

He died on the same airfield as Mordvichev above.

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