Russia loses first female senior officer in Ukraine as lieutenant colonel is hit by missile strike


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The first feminine Russian senior officer has been killed amid bitter combating in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s forces endure a sequence of humiliating setbacks.

Lieutenant Colonel Olga ‘Kursa’ Kachura, 52, was killed immediately after a Ukrainian missile hit her automobile as she was driving within the metropolis of Horlivka, within the Donetsk area of Ukraine.

The mother-of-two, who has been granted the posthumous Hero of Russia honor, was a colonel within the forces of Russian puppet state Donetsk People’s Republic, the place she commanded a rocket artillery division deployed in opposition to Ukraine.

She turns into one of many newest Russian high-ranking officers to be killed in Ukraine amid the Russian president’s brutal on-going invasion of the nation, that has seen Ukrainian forces put up fierce defence of their nation. 

Kachura is the 97th identified officer to have been killed in Putin’s battle in Ukraine.

Lieutenant Colonel Olga 'Kursa' Kachura, 52, was killed instantly after a Ukrainian missile hit her car as she was driving in the city of Horlivka, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine

Lieutenant Colonel Olga ‘Kursa’ Kachura, 52, was killed immediately after a Ukrainian missile hit her automobile as she was driving within the metropolis of Horlivka, within the Donetsk area of Ukraine

The mother-of-two, who has been granted the posthumous Hero of Russia honor, was a colonel in the forces of Russian puppet state Donetsk People's Republic, where she commanded a rocket artillery division deployed against Ukraine

The mother-of-two, who has been granted the posthumous Hero of Russia honor, was a colonel within the forces of Russian puppet state Donetsk People’s Republic, the place she commanded a rocket artillery division deployed in opposition to Ukraine

Putin granted Kachura the posthumous Hero of Russia honour – the Kremlin’s highest award – ‘for her braveness and heroism proven within the efficiency of army responsibility’.  

Margarita Simonyan, the pinnacle of the sanctioned RT community, mentioned: ‘Legendary Korsa died in Horlivka… May she relaxation in peace…

‘The Chief [Putin] awarded Korsa the title of Hero of Russia. That’s the way it’s imagined to be. These are our frequent heroes.’

Kachura was a profession police investigator rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel earlier than switching to the forces of Putin-backed separatists.

She served within the third separate motorised rifle brigade Berkut of the first Army Corps of the DPR, and commanded a Grad MLRS division in Horlivka. There have been 140 gunners beneath her command.

The mother-of-two had been wounded a number of occasions in earlier assaults. She had held the rank of colonel within the DPR forces since 2015.

Putin granted Kachura the posthumous Hero of Russia honour - the Kremlin's highest award - 'for her courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty'

Putin granted Kachura the posthumous Hero of Russia honour – the Kremlin’s highest award – ‘for her braveness and heroism proven within the efficiency of army responsibility’

Last 12 months, Ukraine sentenced Kachura to 12 years in jail with confiscation of property for ‘participation in a terrorist group or terrorist organisation’.

She was head of the powerlifting federation of Horlivka, and an honorary citizen of the town, which was twinned with Barnsley in England.

Mayor of Horlivka Ivan Prikhodko mentioned: ‘A courageous and smart girl who was there from the beginning of the People’s Militia of the DPR has tragically died.

‘Olga Kachura, victorious and unshakable Korsa.’

Kochura’s dying comes after the primary feminine Russian solider killed in Ukraine was buried final month. 

Corporal Anastasia Savitskaya, 35, a married mother-of-two mentioned to be a ‘actual hero’, was buried on July 13 in her native Volgograd, a metropolis on southwest Russia.

‘The deceased grew to become the primary servicewoman who died throughout the particular army operation,’ mentioned Alexander Strukov, the native veterans’ chief.

A buddy of Savitskaya mentioned: ‘She had dreamed of serving within the military since childhood, and signed a contract on the age of 18.’ Going to battle in Ukraine ‘was her alternative,’ they mentioned.

Her bereft husband – a former soldier, not named – mentioned at her funeral: ‘How will I keep it up residing now? Why did I allow you to go there? Beloved, lovely, greatest.’

Corporal Anastasia Savitskaya, 35, a married mother-of-two said to be a 'real hero', was buried today in her native Volgograd, a city on southwest Russia. Pictured: Savitskaya is seen in a photograph during her funeral last month

Corporal Anastasia Savitskaya, 35, a married mother-of-two mentioned to be a ‘actual hero’, was buried at this time in her native Volgograd, a metropolis on southwest Russia. Pictured: Savitskaya is seen in {a photograph} throughout her funeral final month

Pictured: Russian soldiers guard Corporal Anastasia Savitskaya's coffin at her funeral last month

Pictured: Russian troopers guard Corporal Anastasia Savitskaya’s coffin at her funeral final month

Unlike some Western nations it stays uncommon for Russian servicewomen to go to battle. Ukraine, for instance, has seen a number of feminine troopers be part of the combating.

A eulogy on the girl’s funeral mentioned: ‘A feminine warrior has at all times been an exception to the rule. But Anastasia, having mastered the ‘house’ entrance, went with out worry to a harmful particular operation, carrying out a double feat.’

Meanwhile Putin has this week additionally misplaced two extra colonels in his Russian forces, the newest proof of the devastating toll his excessive ranks have suffered.

Paratrooper Lt Colonel Ivan Pozdeev served within the Kutuzov Airborne Assault brigade in Ulyanovsk.

Acting Head of Komi Republic Vladimir Uyba mentioned he ‘died as a hero throughout the particular battle operation in Ukraine’.

Russia has sought to obscure the variety of high-ranking deaths in Ukraine.

It additionally got here to mild that Lt Col Denis Sorokin, a married father of two, died close to Melitopol earlier within the battle.

He was commander of an assault battalion, additionally awarded the Hero of Russia posthumously.

A dozen generals have been killed within the battle.