40-year-old Colonel Denis Kozlov was killed in the besieged country and replaced 45-year-old Colonel Sergei Parakhnya, who died on March 14.
Local media in Russia confirmed that the colonel “died heroically on May 11 while operating a pontoon ferry to further advance troops.”
Kozlov was the second commander of the 12th Separate Guards Engineering of the Königsberg-Haradok Red Banner Brigade, who had died since the invasion.
He was among the Russian troops killed in an unsuccessful offensive across the Seversky Donets River when he and his men were ambushed as a result of a devastating attack by Ukraine.
He was posthumously awarded the Russian Order of Courage and rested in his hometown of Murom.
His death underscores the enormous sacrifices made by Putin’s top leadership.
It is also known that nine Russian generals were killed when it was reported that the United States had provided assistance to Ukraine through intelligence to allow them to attack Putin’s top leadership.
The disappearance rate is about one colonel every two days.
This was previously reported by the Daily Star British intelligence has revealed that Putin probably lost about a third of his troops sent to war in February.
On May 15, British intelligence said the offensive had “lost momentum and lagged far behind schedule”.
“Russian forces are increasingly constrained by opportunities, prolonged low fighting spirit and reduced combat effectiveness,” they said.
“Many of these funds cannot be quickly replaced or restored and are likely to continue to hamper Russian operations in Ukraine.”
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