Russian officials said Saturday that another of its generals, deputy commander of the 8th Army Maj. Gen. Vladimir Frolov, was killed in combat in Ukraine. They didn’t provide details, but several other generals have already been killed in the conflict, particularly in the early days in the campaign.
Some have been veterans of previous conflicts in Georgia and Syria, where Russia also lost generals, robbing Moscow of potentially valuable battlefield experience.
Some military analysts have attributed the losses to the Russian military’s fighting style. It has comparatively fewer noncommissioned officers to lead operations in the field compared with U.S. forces, leaving generals to take more vulnerable positions further forward. Most of those killed are described as major generals in Russia, which equates to one-star officers, like brigadier generals in the West.
There are also a larger proportion of senior officers compared with Western militaries.
Maj. Gen. Frolov was buried Saturday in St. Petersburg, RIA Novosti reported. The forces he commanded had been deployed to the area around Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov which is currently besieged by Russian forces.