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Under pressure Vladimir Putin has lost another two colonels in his failing war effort in Ukraine, it has been reported.
The death toll now among Russia's highest military ranks now stands at 48 as the dictator's troops took another blow.
Lieutenant colonel Alexander Dosyagayev, 34, was a commander of an airborne assault battalion of the 104th paratrooper regiment.
His regiment was reportedly in Bucha, the scene of a string of alleged war crimes including rape and torture that Putin's men have been accused of committing.
Russian media outlet Mediazona also confirmed the death of another commander killed earlier in the war.
Colonel Vladimir Ivanov, who has been branded a 'propagandist' by the Ukrainian media after he served in Russia's department of Information and Mass Communication, reportedly died in March.
Dosyagayev and Ivanov are thought to have been the 47th and 48th colonels known to have died fighting for Russia in Ukraine since the war began in February.
The death toll among Putin's generals is believed to be 10.
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The true toll is likely much higher given that Russia has not released the full details of those killed in action during the conflict.
It comes after Putin reportedly carried out a "purge" on his own generals with leading military figures reportedly being "sacked or arrested".
The furious dictator is said to have taken out his anger on his top brass over the botched invasion of Ukraine.
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The claims of a purge by the warmongering leader come after a top adviser to Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian top commander General Valery Gerasimov has been suspended, with several other officers believed to have been sacked.
Oleksiy Arestovych, an important intelligence figure in Zelenskyy's inner circle, reported that Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian army, had been suspended.
Gerasimov wasn’t seen at Russia’s Victory Day parade on May 9 which saw Putin and his generals appear in front of large crowds of soldiers to pledge victory against the West in Ukraine and commemorate the Soviet Union's victory in World War 2.
- Vladimir Putin
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