RUSSIA has admitted it has lost nearly 10,000 troops in its invasion of Ukraine.
The previously undisclosed figure was revealed by a pro-Kremlin newspaper and lays bare the true cost of Vladimir Putin’s disastrous invasion.
Ukraine claims to have killed Russian naval commander Andrey PaliyCredit: East2West
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed by a sniperCredit: Wikimedia Commons
The Russian tyrant expected a swift victory when he ordered the invasion but his forces have met stiff Ukrainian resistance and could even soon buckle.
Russia has kept its true death toll under wraps and on March 2 admitted to just 498 deaths.
But in an extraordinary move, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that according to the Russian defence ministry 9,861 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine and 16,153 injured.
The report was quickly taken down though several screenshots were taken including by the Wall Street Journal.
Ukraine claims to have killed around 15,000 Russians and destroyed large quantities of equipment.
The new figures disclosed by Russia is greater than the 7,000 thought to have died and up to 21,000 been injured the US military reportedly estimated.
It is reported that Russia is secretly transporting corpses of fallen Russian soldiers home at night on trains and ambulances via Belarus, to try and hide the true scale of the death toll.
Among the Russian dead are five generals as well as other senior commanders, including those from elite paratrooper units.
The latest senior officer to die is the deputy commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in another damaging blow to Vladimir Putin’s forces.
First rank captain Andrey Paliy, 51, is the first senior Russian naval official to be killed in the war with Ukraine so far.
He was reportedly involved with Russian marine attacks near the port city of Mariupol when he died, although the exact circumstances of his reported death are not known.
Moscow is yet to officially acknowledge his death, but it appeared to be confirmed by fellow Russian Konstantin Tsarenko, secretary of the public council at Sevastopol Nakhimov Naval School.
Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko also claimed Paliy had been killed earlier on Sunday without giving any further details.
Paliy was born in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv but refused to take a Ukrainian military oath in 1993, instead opting to serve in the Russian Northern Fleet.
He had earlier served on the Russian nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, and was deputy head of the Russian naval academy in Sevastopol, in the annexed territory of Crimea.
It comes as Ukraine claimed to have killed a fifth Russian general, further damaging the resolve of Putin’s army.
Lieutenant-General Andrei Mordvichev, commander of the 8th Combined Arms Army, died in fighting at Chornobaivka, near the southern city of Kherson.
Major-General Oleg Mityaev, 47, was killed in Mariupol on Wednesday, bringing the total number of Russian officers to die since the start of the war to 13.
A picture of the corpse of the decorated military officer, a father-of-two, was released by Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko.
It comes as…
Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev – the commander of the 8th General Army – died during fighting on Friday night in a fresh blow to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
It’s thought the military boss was killed in the Russian-controlled Kherson Airport, which has been hit with Ukranian strikes in the past few days.
A statement from the army general staff in Kyiv read: “As a result of fire on the enemy by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commander of the 8th All-Military Army of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General Andrey Mordvishev was killed.”
He is the latest top Russian military official to die in the war.
Russia confirmed the death of Colonel Sergei Sukharev of the 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment on Friday.
The elite paratroop commander died following fierce fighting near Hostomel.
His death comes after that of a spy captain during a “top-secret” operation in Ukraine meaning Vladimir Putin has now lost a total of 13 commanders in the invasion.
GRU military intelligence spy Captain Alexey Glushchak, 31, from Tyumen in Siberia, died in the carnage in Mariupol.
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Lt-Gen Andrey Mordvichev, reportedly the fifth Russian general to die in UkraineCredit: East2West
Oleg Mityaev died in the storming of MariupolCredit: East2West
The general was the commander of the 150th motorised divisionCredit: East2West
SWAT team major Major Viktor Maksimchuk also died in MariupolCredit: East2West
Captain Alexey Glushchak was another officer killed in the cityCredit: East2West
The GRU was behind the poisoning of defected spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok in Salisbury.
Pictures emerged of father-of-one Glushchak’s funeral in Russia, where he was buried with full military honours and a guard of honour.
On the day the military intelligence officer died he had spoken to both his wife and mother in Russia, it was revealed.
He called to congratulate them on International Women’s Day but on the same day in the evening they learned he had been killed.
His death coincides with the first expressions of anger and dismay on the number of coffins now returning to Russia.
Glushchak will be posthumously decorated.
Glushchak was buried with full military honours and a guard of honourCredit: East2West
Vitaly Gerasimov was killed outside Kharkiv
Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov died in battle in Chuhuiv
Sagyndyk Kudaibergeno was killed in a fire on February 26Credit: East2West
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov was killed in ChuhuivCredit: Twitter
Vladimir Zhonga was the leader of the Sparta Battalion, a Neo-Nazi military unit
Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky was killed in the south of Ukraine
A funeral was also held for Corporal Danil Novolodsky, 24, a senior gunner on an air assault artillery battery.
He was awarded the Order of Courage under a decree signed by Vladimir Putin.
Another funeral was held for Vladimir Plekhanov, 24, an orphan raised by a foster family.
Sagyndyk Kudaibergenov, 22, from Tyumen, like the GRU agent, was buried with military honours, say reports.
He was killed in mortar fire while deploying communications equipment across a river.
Kudaibergenov was killed on February 26 but his funeral was only on March 11.
On Sunday, Russia reportedly bombed a school in Mariupol where 400 were hiding from shelling.
A number of women and children are said to be trapped under the rubble.
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