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Deaths in Russia's top brass unnerve India and China

Military inadequacies in Ukraine raise questions for security relationships

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, delivers a New Year address with troops in Rostov-on-Don, not far from the Ukrainian border. (Photo from Kremlin via Tass/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly a full year ago, attacks against military and civilian targets alike have caused numerous deaths, with no end to the fighting in sight.

Intelligence analysts, however, have taken interest in one specific part of the death toll: the number of Russian generals killed in the conflict.

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