Senior Commander of Putin’s Elite Special Forces Killed in Ukraine: Report

The Russian military has reportedly suffered a heavy casualty in the form of a highly decorated military officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Gorban, 36, head of the Fourth Department of the Special Operations Department of the Russian Federal Security Service, was killed “somewhere in Ukraine on August 2,” InformNapalm reporter Anton Pavlushko said. on a sunday facebook post.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Gorban, who reportedly fought in Syria and held two Medals of Valor, were not mentioned. According to reports, Gorban was among the Russian president Vladimir PutinThe highest-ranking officials, according to Pavlushko.

Pavlushko also posted a photo of a plaque bearing Gorban’s image, with flowers placed under it. The message, written in Russian, says that Gorban “participated in conducting combat activities and special operations both in Russia and abroad.”

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The Russian military has lost several colonels in recent days as part of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Above, a Russian soldier carries fragments near the site where a cluster munition was reported to have fallen next to a burning car after a rocket attack on a residential area in northern Kharkiv on August 8, 2022.
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“In the course of carrying out combat missions, he proved to be a brave and determined officer… He was proud of his service in the Russian FSB,” the message read.

According to reports, Gorban’s death would be the 99th of a Russian colonel or lieutenant colonel during the Russo-Ukrainian war. The 98th such death, according to the MirrorIt was Colonel Vasily Kleshchenko, an Army aviation commander who headed the 344th combat use and training center for elite helicopter pilots and snipers.

The Kremlin’s first female colonel, Olga “Korsa” Kachura, 52, he was also killed last week when a Ukrainian missile hit her car while she was driving in the town of Horlivka in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, according to Margarita Simonyan, a pro-Kremlin editor at RT.

Horlivka Mayor Ivan Prikhodko confirmed the death via Telegram, calling Kachura, nicknamed “she-wolf” and commanding a rocket artillery division deployed against Ukraine, a “brave and wise woman.”

Kachura was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia honor “for courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty.” Before his death, Kachura talked about his nickname during an RT documentary.

“He takes care of the home, his children, his family,” Kachura said. “Even in the wild, no wolf will defend the pup against him as aggressively as a she-wolf.”

The Russian military deaths come as some perceive the conflict has tilted due to weaponry and other aid provided by Ukraine’s allies.

Nico Lange, a German legislator and chief of staff to the country’s Federal Defense Minister, recently said the Ukrainian attacks differ of Russian artillery “rolling barrage” in the sense that Ukrainian civilians are galvanizing and fighting the enemy in occupied cities, behind enemy lines.

“The crucial aspect of the last few days is that Russia is now being forced to react to the Ukrainians’ statements and actions,” Lange said. “Until now, it was the other way around: Ukrainians were forced to react to everything Russia did.”

High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, are also proving fruitful for the Ukrainian forces. The US-funded weaponry has been praised by the likes of Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, who said on Telegram Monday morning that more than 100 Russian soldiers had been killed by those rockets.

“Today, high-precision HIMARS missiles were fired at the temporary deployment points of the occupation forces at industrial sites in various districts of the city of Melitopol,” Fedorov wrote in his Telegram post.

news week contacted the Ukrainian and Russian defense ministries for comment.

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