General Andrei Kolesnikov is the third Russian general to die during his country’s invasion into Ukraine as the attack continues into its third week

Russian Major General Andrei Kolesnikov has been killed during the invasion of Ukraine
Russian Major General Andrei Kolesnikov has been killed during the invasion of Ukraine

A third Russian general has been killed in another blow to Vladimir Putin as Ukraine continues fighting back against the Kremlin’s invasion.

General Andrei Kolesnikov, of the 29th Combined Arms Army, has been killed in fighting.

He was one of 20 major Russian generals who were believed to be leading an invasion that has been riddled with tactical errors, according to Western officials.

US intelligence officials also said that Russia had been surprised by Ukraine’s fighting spirit.

His death will be a blow to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin who only today maintained the invasion was continuing to go to plan.

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Kolesnikov is the third Russian commander to have died

Andrei Sukhovetsky, the Deputy Commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District


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Kolesnikov’s death follows the killings of Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, chief of staff of the 41st Army, who died outside Kharkiv alongside senior officers, and Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky.

Sukhovetsky was the first general to die and was reportedly killed by a sniper. Putin confirmed his death in a speech eight days into the invasion.

Christo Grozev, executive director of investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat, said that confirmation of his death would be a “major demotivator” for Russian troops.

Sukhovetsky had reportedly been decorated for his role in annexing Crimea and Russian paper Pravda and graduated from Airborne Command School in 1995.

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Vitaly Gerasimov


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He began as a platoon commander before rising to chief of staff, before ultimately meeting his ends at the hands of a Ukrainian sniper.

The second general to die was Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, who also died this week.

Ukraine’s defence ministry said that Gerasimov was killed outside the eastern city of Kharkiv, along with other senior officers.

The ministry also broadcast what it said was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the general’s death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine.

People attend the memorial and funeral service for three fallen Ukrainian Army service men, Taras Didukh, Dmytro Kabakov and Andrea Stefanyshyn



Gerasimov took part in the second Chechen war, the Russian military operation in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea and reportedly won medals for his role in those campaigns.

The Russian invasion, under commanders like Kolesnikov, has not gone as the country reportedly intended, and taken far longer than originally planned.

Putin still has failed to take control of air space over Ukraine, but continues deadly bombing attacks like those seen this week on a children’s and maternity hospital.

Some of the Russian commanders who died were said to have come to the frontline, something they would normally do if there were issues over decision-making, or their seniority was needed to get the troops forward.

On top of this, it is believed that the troops, who despite early progress in recent weeks have not made significant inroads into a number of cities, have suffered from significant moral decline.

The freezing weather, with temperatures as low as minus nine has contributed to this it is reported.

On top of that, logistic problems have also plagued some units, leaving them low on food, fuel and munitions.

His death came as only today, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu claimed the invasion continued to go to plan.

The war has killed thousands so far as a result of Russian aggression and displaced over two million people during short period that has seen Ukrainian cities relentlessly shelled and bombed.

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