Ukrainian fighters have killed several high-ranking Russian officers in the city of Melitopol, further thinning out the country’s military leadership.
The deaths of the unknown number of officers was reported by the regional administration in Melitopol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, according to a report. The administration made the announcement on Telegram but didn’t include any details, and the deaths haven’t been confirmed.
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There were reports on Monday night that Russian leaders were killing their own wounded soldiers and leaving them on the battlefield rather than taking them back for treatment.
Tuesday’s report comes weeks after the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense reported Russia was sending more senior officials to the front lines of the war effort. At the time, the U.K. said there were already a large number of Russian officers who had died in Ukraine.
“Flawed planning assumptions and failures in sustainment continue to undermine Russian progress,” the Ministry of Defense continued. “The forward deployment of commanders has exposed them to significant risk, leading to disproportionately high losses of Russian officers in this conflict.”
Ukrainian troops have been relying on U.S. intelligence to target generals, and the results have been a success because troops have eliminated an estimated 12 generals since the war began.
The White House and the Pentagon have denied reports the U.S. is sharing intelligence with Ukraine that is helping the country target generals or objectives, such as the Russian flagship Moskva.
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"We do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters, though he added the Defense Department is providing intelligence to Ukrainians.
Early on in the conflict, Ukraine didn’t have to rely on intelligence to target generals. At least one of the first four generals who died in the conflict fell victim to Ukrainian fire because he was using an unsecured phone, allowing Ukrainian forces to intercept a call, lock on his location, and kill him and his staff.