Just one of Vladimir Putin’s most notorious commanders Lt-Col Dmitry Lisitsky has died from a gunshot wound aged 48, in accordance to studies.
There are competing claims in excess of who was powering his death, with Ukraine alleging he was ‘liquidated’ in revenge for the notorious slaughter of hundreds of its troops as they retreated in 2014 in the ‘Ilovaisk cauldron’.
Russian sources insist he took his own life with his searching rifle in his kitchen area, in his house city Stavropol, amid ‘depression’ in excess of the on-going war in Ukraine.
Lisitsky – recipient of his country’s highest medal, the Hero of Russia – was commander of the 1st Airborne Assault Battalion of the 247th Airborne Assault Regiment.
His death was to start with declared by Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov who claimed Kyiv forces had ‘again avenged Ilovaisk – they liquidated […] Dmitry Lisitsky.’
Russian Lt-Col Dmitry Lisitsky (pictured) is comprehended to have been killed by a gunshot wound, but Russian and Ukrainian are in disagreement about who was dependable for his dying. Russians claim he killed himself, though Ukraine has claimed he was ‘liquidated’ in revenge
Lisitsky – receiver of his country’s maximum medal, the Hero of Russia – was commander of the 1st Airborne Assault Battalion of the 247th Airborne Assault Regiment. He is blamed for the notorious slaughter of hundreds of its troops as they retreated in 2014 in the ‘Ilovaisk cauldron’. Pictured: Professional-Russian rebels are seen near Ilovaisk on August 31, 2014
His regiment had experienced ‘heavy losses’ as Russia retreated from Kharkiv final calendar year and ‘the liquidation of Lisitsky will very seriously weaken the combat capacity of the regiment,’ Butusov claimed.
Russian resources, nonetheless, say his system was uncovered in his apartment in Stavropol.
Colleagues claimed Lisitsky experienced just lately been depressed more than ‘a complaint about his unlawful actions against [military] personnel’ during the war against Ukraine.
No further specifics ended up given about the supposed grievance.
The ‘Ilovaisk cauldron’ referred to the slaughter of at minimum 366 Ukrainian military services and volunteers as they retreated from an encirclement in Donetsk region in 2014.
He commanded the Russian battalion group which is accused of attacking the Ukrainians during a mutually agreed ceasefire enabling a tranquil retreat.
He allegedly gave the order to open fireplace on the Ukrainians at the time they arrived into the open. As nicely as the 366 who died, 450 have been wounded and 300 captured.
Putin awarded him the Hero of Russia medal in 2015.
Ukrainian forces had been ready to enter the city of Ilovaisk on August 18, 2014, but ended up quickly surrounded by pro-Russian insurgents affiliated with the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and soldiers from Russia’s armed forces.
The Ukrainian forces turned down the DPR’s proposal to open a humanitarian corridor to go away the town, on the situation that they abandon their weapons and autos.
On the early morning of August 29, the Ukrainian troopers began to depart the metropolis with their weapons, but the Russian aspect opened hearth on them – beneath Lisitsky’s orders.
A prison probe into the failure of govt troops in Ilovaisk was opened by the Prosecutor Normal of Ukraine, and the defence minister at the time was pressured to resign, at the very least in component due to the fact of his responsibility in the battle’s failure.
Each yr, Ukraine holds a day of remembrance on August 29 – selected since it was the day which saw the optimum number of troopers killed throughout the struggle.
In Russia, in the meantime, the Russian troopers who joined the battle are praised and are frequently referred to as the ‘Northern Wind’ by professional-military forms.
The identical Russian device dependable for the massacre – the 247th Guards Air Assault Regiment – has also been investigated for war crimes carried out in Bucha for the duration of Russia’s entire-scale invasion of Ukraine, introduced by Putin in February 2022.
Pictured: Ukrainian servicemen fireplace with a TRF-1 155mm at Russian positions, on March 27
Pictured: Ukrainian soldiers ride atop an APC on the frontline in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, March 26
On September 9, 2022, it was claimed that the total unit had been destroyed in Ukraine’s rapid counter-assault in the Kherson area.
Several large-profile Russian military services figures have died since the war started. As of July 11, 2022, Ukrainian sources claimed 14 Russian generals experienced been killed.
While some of Kyiv’s promises are disputed by Russia, four have been confirmed by the two sides. A reduction of even two common officers would be viewed as uncommon.
Dozens of lessen-position military leaders have also been killed in the fighting.