War in Ukraine: the mystery of the Russian generals who have died (and what this could reveal)

  • Olga Ivshina and Kateryna Khinkulova
  • BBC Russia

June 23, 2022

image source, Kanamat Botashev

The shooting down of a sophisticated Russian Su-25 jet over Ukraine’s Donbas region in May sparked a flurry of questions about the pilot’s death.

Why was a 63-year-old man in the cockpit of such an advanced aircraft?

What was a retired officer who had left the Russian armed forces a decade ago doing on the plane?

Why has another Russian general lost his life in the line of fire? and exactly how many russian generals have died?