As the war rages on in the east, it seems like the Russians have not learned their lessons from their previous attempt to surround and occupy Kyiv. They allegedly lost 2 of their generals on the same day, giving us clues to how the Russians continue to face morale, communications, and security problems on the frontlines. They are the latest addition to the ever-growing list of high-ranking military officials to be killed on Ukrainian soil.

As reported by Russian state television reporter Alexander Sladkov through his Telegram channel “Reports from the militia of Novorossiya” last Sunday, Russian Major General Roman Kutuzov had been killed during a battle in the Donbas region, specifically in the village of Nikolaevka as the Russians try to secure the entirety of Luhansk as part of their revised war goals. Reports of the killing state that it was carried out somewhere between Mykolaivka and Popasna.

Reports differ regarding his function in Ukraine, but the Ukrainian military says that he was the commander of the 29th Combined Arms Army in 2019 and the commander of the 5th Combined Arms Army in 2017. Other claims state that he was the commander of the DNR’s 1st Army Corps.

“Commander of the 1st Army Corps (orcs) DynYrY, Major General Roman Kutuzov has been officially denazified and demilitarized,” the AFU StratCom Facebook page said in a post. Additionally, Sladkov indicated that Kutuzov died while “leading the attack” of his soldiers in the east. This is plausible as the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that there were significant attacks that had been carried out in Mykolaivka and Bilohorivka in the past few days.

Major General Roman Kutuzov (Euromaidan Press). Source:
Major General Roman Kutuzov (Euromaidan Press/Twitter)

The second general to be killed recently was Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov. Berdnikov is reported to be the current commander of Russia’s 29th Army. It is important to note that both generals shared the same first name and had served as the commander of the 20th Combined Arms Army. Therefore, we think that it may be the case that things have gotten lost in translation.

While it’s possible that Ukraine could have killed two generals in one day, it is also possible that translations from the field and Telegram confused the two generals as they have the same first name. In that confusion, many people may have reported that two generals were killed in Ukraine instead of just one. No detailed information is currently available to us regarding their deaths. No verifiable photographic or video evidence has surfaced; therefore, it is difficult to say whether the Ukrainians really did take out two generals in one day.

We also find it very questionable that the Russian media was quick to acknowledge the death considering that they have tried to hide the number of their casualties for the past four months. More so, why would they admit to the death of another Russian general if it just proves military analysts’ point that their invasion of Ukraine has gone horribly wrong? The lack of evidence does make us skeptical. However, the deaths of high-ranking military officers killed in Ukraine can certainly be verified through reported funerals in Russia, so we’ll be on the lookout for that.

Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov (News from Ukraine). Source:
Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov (News from Ukraine/Twitter)

In the case that it is real, that the Ukrainians have indeed killed two generals in one day, then it would seem to be further verification of what most of us have already known – that the Russian command and control has all but broken down. We have repeatedly said that generals only go to the front if there are problems of morale, discipline, and fighting effectiveness so severe that they can only be solved by their overall commander.