Last week, we saw numerous deaths of multiple high-ranking military officials in Ukraine. This week is no different. Russia has lost yet another Russian General in its conquest of Ukraine. Major General Vladimir Frolov, the deputy commander of Russia’s 8th Army, was discovered to be killed in action as his funeral was held last Saturday at St. Petersburg’s Serafimovskoe Cemetery.
The death was confirmed by St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov, who attended the funeral. It was also confirmed by the city’s website through a statement of sympathy.
“Today, we say goodbye to a real hero. Vladimir Petrovich Frolov fell to the death of the brave in a battle with Ukrainian nationalists. He sacrificed his life so that children, women, and the elderly in the Donbas would no longer hear the explosions of bombs. To stop waiting for death and, leaving home, to say goodbye like the last time,” Beglov said.
“General Frolov is a hereditary soldier. His father went through the Great Patriotic War and fought with those who burned Khatyn. More than 70 years later, his son gave his life in the fight against a new generation of Nazis, whose hands bear the blood of those burned in the Odessa House of Trade Unions. A true patriot, a brave and brave man, he honestly and to the end fulfilled his military and human duty. People will not forget their heroes. Eternal memory to him,” he added.
The statement stresses that Frolov was a hero for protecting the civilians situated in Donbas and again called the Ukrainians a “new generation of Nazis,” which is not surprising as this was the premise of Russia’s invasion.
The circumstances behind his death are currently unknown as it was not elaborated on by either the Russians or the Ukrainians.
Frolov’s death is the latest blow to Putin’s military morale and supposed might. The death of 8 generals in a month and two weeks is extremely astonishing, according to military analysts, who say that its own organization and military doctrines are to blame. Furthermore, the observed lack of discipline and training among the Russian soldiers (a majority of them are conscripts, according to reports) is proving to be the most fatal to its invasion plans.
Prior to Frolov’s death, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Mezhuev, commander of the 1st Guards Motor Rifle Regiment, had also been killed in Ukraine. The circumstances of his death are also unknown. However, pro-Putin personalities such as Andrey Kovalev have announced his death and called for the recognition of the lieutenant colonel by awarding him the “Hero of Russia” award posthumously.
Major General Vladimir Frolov, the deputy commander of the Southern Military District's 8th Combined Arms Army, was killed in Ukraine and buried in St. Petersburg today.https://t.co/XSNgudyEvZhttps://t.co/rAJRcYsDBDhttps://t.co/WHaAWG23gJhttps://t.co/ImGeK2ABxT pic.twitter.com/PZPUhVXMLw
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) April 16, 2022
Here’s a rundown of the other 7 Russian generals that were killed in Ukraine:
- General Magomed Tushaev – The Chechen special forces general who led the 141 motorized regiment of the Chechnya National Guard was killed on February 26th. He was part of the Chechen forces column of 56 tanks that was ambushed by the Ukrainian forces nearby Hostomel.
- Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky – Sukhovetsky was the deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District and the former commander of the 7th Air Assault Division of Russia’s airborne forces. He was killed on March 4 by a sniper due to the carelessness of his troops, as they did not sweep the area. Note that the Russians have been known to have faulty communication systems and have been using local sim cards and UHF/VHF radio communications that are easy to compromise. This might have played a role in locating the general.
- Major General Vitaly Gerasimov – The general who served as first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st Army was killed on March 7 (or 8, reports vary) in Kharkiv. He was said to be using a local sim card which enabled the Ukrainians to locate him, and was subsequently assassinated.
- Major General Andrey Kolesnikov – He was the commander of the 29th Combined Arms Army. How he died is not exactly known. However, his death was confirmed on March 11.
- Major General Oleg Mityaev – He was the commander of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division. He was said to be killed in Mariupol on March 16 as he was tasked with revitalizing the invasion campaign on the city as the Russian forces had failed to do so in a month’s worth of fighting. The city is also said to be the most destroyed in Ukraine as of writing due to the sheer amount of bombardment campaigns done on the city. His body was said to be found in a factory in Mariupol and was subsequently turned over to the Russians.
- Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev – The commander of the 8th Army of the Southern Military District, he was killed in Kherson on March 19th.
- Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev – The commander of the 49th Combined Arms Army, was also killed in Kherson on March 25th.
With funerals in Russia being more expensive as time passes, the Russian forces may need to reevaluate their invasion. SOFREP has previously stated that the number of high-ranking officials killed in Ukraine was almost comical. With over 20,000 Russian troops dead, many observers ponder whether the invasion of Ukraine was worth it for the Russians. The continued deaths of their generals are huge blows to morale, along with the recent sinking of the Moskva, which had allegedly killed some 450 crew, including its captain, Kuprin Anton Valerievich.