A Russian army commander has been killed by a group of demoralized soldiers fed up with the scale of losses during the invasion of Ukraine, Western officials have said.

The commander of the 37th rifle brigade, named by officials as Colonel Medvechek, is understood to have been run over by one of his own soldiers who had grown frustrated by his unit’s heavy losses.

Ukrainian authorities have claimed between 10-15,000 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine – which if true would be the highest toll since the Second World War.

While the number has not been independently verified, a Nato source put the numbers of Russian soldiers killed at between 7,000 and 15,000

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