Putin hails ‘brave’ troops as another senior Russian officer is killed

Russia’s Vladimir Putin hailed his “brave” and “efficient” troops in Ukraine on Tuesday, even as social media posts showed the Russian military had suffered yet another setback after more than 40 days of war.

In televised comments, the Russian leader vowed his “noble” war against Ukraine would be successful and defiantly said his country could not be isolated from the rest of the world.

“There is no doubt that the objectives and tasks of the operation in Ukraine will be fulfilled,” he said, asserting that “confrontation with the growing anti-Russian forces in Ukraine was inevitable” and only “a a matter of time”.

“The Russian armed forces acted bravely, efficiently and effectively during the special military operation in Ukraine, using the most modern types of weapons,” he said.

His glowing assessment comes amid reports that another senior military official has been killed in Ukraine.

Lieutenant Colonel Dibir Dibirovich Magomedovich, from Dagestan, was killed on April 9, according to a now-deleted post on the VK page of a Russian military academy.

A screenshot of the post since deleted shared by Ukrainian media shows that people have been asked to donate to Magomedovich’s family.

Magomedovich was reportedly based in Chechnya with the 291st Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment of the 42nd Guards Motorized Rifle Division. No details were given on where and under what circumstances he was killed.

His death adds to a long list of senior army officers killed in Ukraine, as Russia rallies to support the war in his country, with huge ‘Z’ symbols appearing in theaters and museums across the country. countries and schoolchildren tasked with writing letters of support to Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, evidence of possible Russian war crimes in the country has continued to mount, as Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman said. The New York Times and the BBC that Russian troops held more than two dozen women captive in a basement in Bucha as they occupied the devastated town.

According to the mediator, Lyudmila Denisova, nine of the women in this group, which included girls as young as 14, are now pregnant.

“The Russian soldiers told them that they would rape them to the point of not wanting any more sexual contact with a man, to prevent them from having Ukrainian children,” Denisova told the BBC.

In one of the most heinous allegations against Russian troops to date, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday confirmed reports that a Russian soldier sent a video of himself sexually assaulting a baby.

“He’s such a ‘child defender’ of the Russian military,” Zelensky said in a speech to Lithuania’s parliament, joking that Russian propagandists would likely claim the alleged abuse was aimed at ‘protecting Russian speakers’. .

According to Russian media, the soldier in question, Aleksei Bychkov, was arrested on Russian territory, where he serves in Pskov. It is not known where the alleged assault on the child took place.

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