A Definite Trend
Russia has a serious problem. Their high-ranking officers are being killed right and left by Ukrainian forces. The latest to be killed in the intense fighting was Lt. Col. Vyacheslav Savinov, the 40-year-old Russian head of artillery intelligence. We didn’t even know artillery “intelligence” was a thing. Presumably, it means identifying military targets for their rockets and artillery and given the numerous reports of Russian artillery shelling civilian areas, they aren’t very good at it.
Savinov was Deputy Chief of Staff of Russian Missile Troops and Artillery in Ukraine. He was also head of artillery reconnaissance for the 49th Combined Arms Army. Colonel Savinov is believed to have been killed in the south of the country, but details of his death are sketchy.
We do know that he had previously served in Syria and that he was married with two sons. Russian news reported that he had received two orders of courage from his government. They said he “died heroically” in Russia’s “special military operation.” Apparently, they are STILL not calling what they’ve done to Ukraine a “war.”
His funeral was held without publicity in late March as the Kremlin seems to want to keep the deaths of their officers(and enlisted men) as quiet as possible.