In the latest hammer
blow to the Kremlin, Russia has lost its 50th colonel in the war
in Ukraine, bringing the total death toll to over 31,000.
Lt Col Vladimir Nigmatullin, a
46-year-old father of three from Yekaterinburg, was slain on May 31, according
to new information.
Nigmatullin’s death has been
verified by his family, adding to the long list of Russian military officers
who have died, with one colonel being assassinated every two days.
‘Eternal memory, darling,
dear, much-loved man, you passed away,’ said Nigmatullin’s sister-in-law Marina
Konyukhova. We still cannot believe you are gone. You are a father of three
children, and an amazing husband to my sister.
‘I am always proud of you, and
I will always be proud. You set an example to the Motherland so that everyone
does like you did. You were ordered with the Order of Bravery, posthumously.
You went through a lot of conflict areas.’