Russian Generals Killed in War ‘Unbelievably High’: Japanese Intelligence


Above, Ukrainian soldiers work on a tank in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on January 23, 2023. Japanese and Western intelligence have said that Ukrainian forces had killed 20 Russian generals since the start of the war, twice as many as previously believed.SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES

Vladimir Putin has lost more of his top commanders in the war in Ukraine than previously reported, according to Japanese and Western intelligence.

The estimate of Russian generals killed increased to 10 this week after former retired Major General Dmitry Ulyanov, 44, reportedly died in a firefight in the Donbas region. A top paratrooper and commander of the elite 98th Guards Airborne Division, Ulyanov’s death was the first among Russian generals reported for several months.

Ukrainian sources claimed in July that 14 Russian generals had been killed although some claims have been rebutted. While there have not been reports of Putin losing generals for several months, the scale of losses of such high-ranking officers is rare.

However, Japan estimates that 20 of Putin’s generals have been killed in the war, based on intelligence gathered by Tokyo in cooperation with the United States and Europe.

Retired General Kiyofumi Iwata, the former chief of staff of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, described the tally as “unbelievably high,” while speaking to Nikkei Asia, especially when compared with the U.S. which has seen almost no combat deaths of officers ranked that highly.

“The death of a general weakens troop morale,” he said.

The news outlet reported that one theory for such high losses was that Ukraine located commanders by tracking signals from their cell phones, which were used due to communication shortcomings earlier in the war but have since been banned.

Iwata believed that the cyber warfare capabilities of Ukraine’s forces enabled Kyiv to find the locations of the generals, who are typically sent into the field.

A Japanese intelligence official told Nikkei that another reason that the generals’ whereabouts were known was due to “informants” in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, much of which are controlled by Russia.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian defense ministry for comment.


  1. “Russian Generals Killed in War ‘Unbelievably High'”

    This goes with all other ranks too. When you are an orc, your life expectancy is shorter than that of a shrew.

  2. The loss of those brain diseased zombies is nothing. They have no strategy and meekly follow the bidding of their overlord.

    They are Generals in pay only and the next orc up will be happy to take the whip to crack on the back of the even more underlings (and also figure out where the previous general was stealing from so they can do the same).

    There is simply no brain drain without a brain, and in Russia there are none because Russians are taught not to think lest the overlord get angry.

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