Russian military police chief, Putin’s last colonel ‘killed’ in Ukraine

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Lieutenant Colonel Georgy Petrunin, 48, was the seventh of eight generations of his Cossack family to serve in the Tsarist, Soviet and Russian armies.

He was the commander of the Samara Military Police and was reportedly killed at an unannounced location in Ukraine.

Lieutenant Colonel Georgy Petrunin, 48, was the seventh of eight generations of his Cossack family to serve in the Tsarist, Soviet and Russian armies.

/ Georgy Petrunin/ East2west News

Details of how he was killed have not been released, but Putin’s forces are haemorrhaging senior officers, having lost dozens of their top generals and colonels.

His two sons, ages 27 and 18, followed him into military careers, according to reports.

The eldest is in military intelligence and his younger son is a cadet.

He was the commander of the military police of Samara

/ Georgy Petrunin/ East2west News

Petrunin had served in the wars in Syria and Chechnya.

The colonel should be buried Tuesday in Volgograd.

It comes as Putin prepares to send thousands of new, inexperienced conscripts to fight in Ukraine as his invasion continues to stagnate, Western officials believe.

Russia has signed some 130,000 new conscripts into its army. The number is “unusually high”, leading intelligence chiefs to believe that some will be sent to war in Ukraine.

It comes as the Russian president is redeploying his forces in Georgia to bolster his invasion.

“According to our defense intelligence services, Russia is in the process of redeploying elements of forces to Georgia to reinforce the invasion of Ukraine,” a Western official said Monday.

“We don’t think it was planned, it’s a very strange thing for the Russian military, so we think it’s indicative of the problems they are having in Ukraine.

“They did the bi-annual draft but Putin signed over 130,000 new conscripts into the military. The timeline lines up with previous spring releases, but we think that’s an unusually high number.

“We believe there is a realistic possibility that these conscripts will be sent to Ukraine, even though the Russian Defense Ministry has said that only professional soldiers will go to Ukraine.”

Elsewhere, Volodymyr Zelensky visited the town of Bucha on Monday, where civilians were killed in what have been widely condemned as war crimes.

Ukraine’s president spoke to residents about the horrors inflicted on their community and vowed that Putin and the soldiers who brought such “evil to our land” would be punished for war crimes.

Britain condemned the “whole new world of horror” unleashed by Putin and pledged to lead the global response to force him to end his barbaric invasion.


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