The Russian forces have lost yet again three more top Russian colonels. According to various Ukrainian officers and military analysts, Colonel Ruslan Shirin, the Chief of Staff for the Baltic Fleet’s 336th Naval Infantry, had been killed in action. Lieutenant-Colonel Vadim Gerasimov had also died in action in unknown circumstances. An artillery commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Nigmatullin, was also confirmed to be dead.

It is no surprise that there has been an increased number of dead Russian generals and high-ranking military officers in the past week. As Russia struggles to take the entirety of Severdonetsk, where the majority of the fighting had been taking place in the east, more and more officers are sent out to the frontlines to try and command their forces themselves.

Ukrainian Armed Forces Officer Anatoliy Stefan announced the death of Shirin through his social media post, citing Russian Telegram sources.

“Chief of Staff of the 336th Marine Brigade of the Baltic Fleet Colonel Ruslan Shirin is officially denazified and demilitarized. Glory to the National Death to the Vorogs Telegram – https:// t.me/a_shtirlitz 🇺🇦🔥,” he said. Military analyst Rob Lee would later retweet his tweet, citing a source from VKontakte. The post describes the colonel to have been awarded the Order of Courage for his actions in the “special military operation.”