Russia officials panic as clusterf*** Ukraine invasion kills 12,000 soldiers

Nine of Vladimir Putin's top generals are among the reported 12,000 dead Russian troops killed by Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian resistance has reportedly surprised its neighbour, with one Kremlin official allegedly describing the campaign to subdue Ukraine as a "clusterf***".

The news comes as Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, became the latest top general killed in fighting – outside Ukraine's second city Kharkiv.

Three other top commanders were also killed in recent fighting in Ukraine.

Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov, who led a Marine brigade, died along with Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov when Ukrainian forces recaptured the city of Chuhuiv.

Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky, who led air assault troops, was killed at in the south of Ukraine.

That came not long after those of other senior Russian commanders, including two other generals.

Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed by a Ukrainian sniper during the fighting for Hostomel Airfield about 30 miles outside the capital Kyiv.

And General Magomed Tuhaev died when his Chechen special forces column was obliterated near Hostomel, north-east of the city.

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Warlord Vladimir Zhonga who led the Sparta Battalion, a Neo-Nazi military unit that has the Kremlin's backing, is also among the dead.

Kremlin officials have allegedly called the invasion on February 24 a "mistake".

They were "carefully enunciating the word clusterf***" when describing the invasion, Business Insider reports.

Putin's invasion of Ukraine "is not going well" with Russian troops "suffering" and not guaranteed to be victorious, one of the UK's top admirals has also claimed,

Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin insisted that the Ukraine war is "not going well" for Russia's president, faced with an "incredibly complex" situation.

As Putin vows to press on with his internationally condemned "special military operation", Ukrainian officials claimed yesterday, March 7, to have killed over 11,000 Russian troops and taken out 290 tanks, 46 aircraft and 999 armoured personal carriers so far.

Speaking to the BBC about whether Russian success in Ukraine was 'inevitable', Sir Tony said: "No. I think we've seen a Russian invasion that is not going well.

"I think we're also seeing remarkable resistance by Ukraine, both its armed forces and its people and we're seeing the unity of the whole globe coming together, applying pressure to Russia.

"Russia is suffering, Russia is an isolated power. It is less powerful than it was ten days ago. Some of the lead elements of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.

"You've also seen basic failures in terms of maintenance and their kit failing. Russia hasn't operated at this scale since the Second World War and it is incredibly complex and difficult."

However, he said the key call of Kyiv – a no-fly zone – would not help those on the ground.

Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly called for a no-fly zone but Putin warned that imposing one would be considered "participation in the armed conflict".

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NATO has ruled it out as the alliance fears it would spark a wider conflict.

General Philip Breedlove, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told Times Radio allies should enforce a humanitarian no-fly zone.

This would be with different rules of engagement than a military one "whereby we talk to our enemy, and we say, we are not going to fire on you unless you fire on us".

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