As their war on Ukraine enters its second month, Russia has seen yet another General officer killed. That makes seven, and yes, people are counting. Russia has confirmed the death of one. An equal number of senior colonels have died as well in the fighting.

In contrast, The United States lost only one General officer to combat operations in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (rest in peace, General Greene).

Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev
Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev has become the seventh Russian general to die in Ukraine. Image courtesy of

Oleksiy Arestovych, an advisor to Ukrainian President Zelensky, was the first to announce the death on Friday, March 25th. He stated that Rezantsev died during intense combat at Chornobaivka airfield. The airfield sits near Kherson, a city of almost 290,000 in the south of Ukraine. Russian forces had previously used the city as a command post.

The forty-eight-year-old Rezantsev is the second general killed at Chornobaivka. The first was Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev, who reportedly died at the airfield last Saturday.

Rezantsev was commander of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District of Russia. The unit can trace its heritage back to 1941, following the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Rezantsev assumed command of the unit in August of 2020.

A Poor Prediction

According to a conversation intercepted by Ukrainian intelligence, Rezantsev was quite confident that the Russian military campaign would be successful in only a matter of hours.

Bits of the conversation was posted on social media. In it, a Russian soldier comments to his superior:

“Here, Rezantsev is in charge. We only met him once since we arrived here … It was the 4th day and you know what he said? Get this: ‘It’s no secret that this operation is going to be over in mere hours’.”