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The tale of an elite Russian unit's conflict in Ukraine – BBC Newsnight


Russia’s 331st Guards Parachute Regiment is considered “the best of the best”, but BBC Newsnight has been tracing the casualties as the unit battles through Ukraine.

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The regiment's commanding officer – Col Sergei Sukharev – died in mid-March. His chief of staff and numerous other officers have also fallen.

The regiment previously served in the Balkans, Chechnya and the 2014 Russia invasion in the Donbas.

Tracking the unit through Ukraine, Newsnight’s diplomatic and defence editor Mark Urban looks at the outpouring of grief and anger from Russia in response to the devastating losses. What went wrong for the once-elite regiment? And what does its fate tell us about Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

This film was produced by Maria Jevstafjeva and Louis Harris-White.

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Date: July 17, 2022

34 thoughts on “The tale of an elite Russian unit's conflict in Ukraine – BBC Newsnight

  1. At the end of any war the truth always wins. We saw it in WW2 for
    example. Mr. Paul Josep Goebbels also tried hard to win the narrative
    but lost. Now, 70 years later, another "Paul Josep" (no, I am not making
    this up guys, the 2 Propagandaministers share the Same name, go figure)
    also tries to change the narrative to benefit Na-zism. Mr. Paul Josep
    Borrel also could not win the hearts and minds, the EU is losing the narrative, despite of investing
    billions of EU's tax payers euros in that matter.

  2. Russia are bullies who just want to invade other countries throughout history. Even thier tv presenters are he'll bent on war. But when they fight they are made to look useless LOL. Ukraines quality is clearly visible. If Ukraine matched russia for weapons numbers and troop numbers this would have been over. Ukraine doing a massive job against x3 size army. 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇬🇧

  3. Russians thought, and some morons still think, that Russian speaking people in Ukraine want to belong to Russia. So they thought the local people will help them in this Fascist attack to Kiev and all will be over in three days, like the prisoners tell in interview.

  4. Not that ELITE when they end up dead! Compared to the SAS, they are just playing at being soldiers. They were useless soldiers, just 'jobs for the boys'!

  5. You cant compare this war with Afghanistan or iraq there both highly trained and proffesional armies who are armed to the teeth this war is only a warning how modern conventinal war is it is huge casulties and a nightmare in logistics

  6. That Putin… doesn't get what it means to say history repeats itself first Afghan now it's going to be Ukraine loss of long years of fighting young lives are lost you idiot Kremlin communist president learn from this Russians on the motherland

  7. Sława Ukraina Sława Żeleński wielki CZŁOWIEK Prezydent UKRAINY Sława Ukraina Sława Zachód Sława NATO USA 💙💛💙💛💙💛💙👍👍👍👍💪💪💪💪❤❤❤❤

  8. Russia made mistakes and paid dearly in the early days of the war. Now, it’s totally different. Everyday Ukrainian soldiers as well foreign fighters are dying by the scores and hundreds.

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