This Can’t Be a Coincidence

You know the war isn’t going well for you when it’s getting hard to keep track of all of the high-ranking officers that are being killed.

Today we look at the late Russian Colonel Alexander Bespalov, age 42. He was officially the ninth Russian colonel to die in combat operations in Ukraine. By comparison, Russia lost five colonels during its 10-year campaign in Afghanistan.

Many of the nine are thought to have been taken out after moving close to the front lines in an attempt to shore up failing morale among soldiers. In doing so, they met with far deadlier resistance than they had been warned to expect.

Ukraine’s ability to target such commanders, meanwhile, is said to be because the invading army has been using unencrypted communication channels, thereby easily exposing their location to western intelligence.