The third week of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been marked bloody with the bombing of civilian areas, stalled Russian advances, and psychological battles of propaganda from both sides. Once touted as one of the strongest militaries in the world, Russia has suffered losses of some 14,000 troops as of March 17 (reported by Ukrainian media), revealing its weaknesses as a combined arms fight force when met by a determined of Ukrainian resistance.

The 2nd most powerful military in the world has been all but stalemated by Ukraine, the 22nd most powerful military.  Smart tactical combat, relentless defense, and exploiting Russian weaknesses have been the theme of the week, which is seen with the latest Russian general being killed in action.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday that another top Russian general had been killed during the fighting. While he didn’t name the general, his Interior Ministry Adviser Anton Gerashchenko later identified the slain Russian general to be Maj. Gen. Oleg Mityaev, a 46-year-old commander of Russia’s 150th Motorized Rifle Division, based in Rostov.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Mityaev died while storming the city of Mariupol as per Gerashchenko’s announcement on Telegram. On the other hand, Russia did not confirm the death, possibly due to the perceived impact of the announcement on Russian troops’ collective morale. The troops’ morale has been at an all-time low due to low food supplies and a lack of motivation to fight Ukrainians. It is believed that the far-right Azov regiment killed the general.

It can be remembered that the port city of Mariupol had been the subject of Russian ground attacks and missile strikes. The latest one was the strike on the Mariupol Drama Theater. The theater had been used to shelter hundreds of civilians as the city had been suffering from continuous shelling. One thousand people were believed to be inside the building when it was attacked.