Captain Adam Khamkhoyev, Paratrooper Commander, has been the first relative to die in the Ukraine invasion.
The nephew of Russia’s hardline deputy defence minister has been killed by Ukrainian forces in the war.
Captain Adam Khamkhoyev (30), a commander of paratroopers, was shot to death in Ukraine on Friday night and later buried in Ingushetia, a southern Russian province.
His uncle is Colonel-General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Russia’s hardline deputy defence minister is a pro- war figure in Russian President Vladimir Putin ’s Government.
Captain Khamkhoyev’s death marks the first time a senior official of Putin has suffered the loss of a close relative in his war in Ukraine.
To attend the funeral of his nephew, Colonel Yevkurov flew from Moscow to Karabulak.
Baza news outlet reported that he “shared his condolences, spoke to the elderlies and the religious part of the community, and then flew back to Moscow.”
Khamkhoyev was a graduate from the elite Ryazan Airborne Forces academy and was also a commander of an airborne assault squadron.
Yevkurov was his uncle and a decorated paratrooper who won the Hero of Russia award, Russia’s highest honour.
Russia and Ukraine have not released any details about his death.
This news comes as Russian soldier Sergeant Vadim Schishimarin, 21, received a life sentence for killing a civilian aged 62 in the first war crimes trial following the invasion of Ukraine.
Putin is still suffering from losses, according to the British Ministry of Defence. It stated that Russia has suffered losses of three months in the war in Ukraine. This is similar to the casualties sustained by the Soviet Union in the nine-year conflict with Afghanistan.
Yevkurov was a former governor. He is currently one of the deputies to Sergei Shoigu who is close Putin ally and the Russian defence minister.
In 2009, he was the target of an assassination attempt.
In March, he was captured in an harrowing clip visiting a soldier who was in bed in hospital.
Yevkurov explained to him that the serviceman who had lost his leg looked scared and wide-eyed. “ I hope you’ll get back on your feet.”
According to the New York Times, intelligence provided by the United States about Russian units has allowed the Ukrainians to kill Putin’s generals. The attrition rate is now around one colonel per two days.
John Kirby (Peninsula spokesperson) stated that the US provided security and assistance. “Ukraine with information and intelligence that they can use to defend themselves”.
Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the national security council, stated that intelligence was not provided. “with the intent to kill Russian generals”.
Ukrainian officials claimed that they had killed approximately 12 generals on front lines.