The first Russian female officer was killed in the invasion of Ukraine. It belongs to Lieutenant Colonel Olga “Corsa” Kachura (52). This was confirmed by Denis Pushlin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
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Kachora was killed in a rocket attack last week. She was killed instantly when a Ukrainian missile hit her car in the town of Horlivka, in the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic.
The mayor of that city was the first to report the news, according to the Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti. According to Ivan Prikhodko, Kachura was driving on the highway between Horlivka and Jasinoevata. A second person was killed in a missile strike. Two others were seriously injured.
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Margarita Simonyan, head of Russia’s state TV channel RT, confirmed the news. “The legendary Corsa has passed away in Horlivka… May she rest in peace…” she wrote on Twitter.
Katchora became known as “She the Wolf” after she boasted in Russian propaganda videos about killing Ukrainians and how much she liked it. This gave her a semi-legendary status among Russian soldiers.
“She guards the hearth, her children and her family. Even in nature, no wolf will defend its cub as forcefully as a wolf.”
Kachura was actually a Ukrainian from the Donetsk region and initially worked with the regional police. I worked there for sixteen years, first as an investigator and later as a supervisor.
After the 2014 uprising, it joined the pro-Russian rebels and helped form the local armed forces. She rose to the rank of colonel and fought on the side of the Russians after the invasion. She led a 140-man rocket artillery battalion and attacked targets in the Donbass.
According to Ukrainian military sources, Kachura often dressed up as a Ukrainian soldier and then committed war crimes to discredit Ukraine. She is said to have caused the deaths of many Ukrainian civilians due to the bombing she had ordered. Therefore, she was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in Ukraine.
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Katchora was posthumously awarded the title “Hero of Russia” – the Kremlin’s highest award – by Russian President Vladimir Putin, “for her courage and heroism in the performance of her military duty.”
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, in turn, awarded her the title “Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic”. Last Thursday she received a farewell, which was also attended by Dennis Pushlin. Then Kachura was buried with military honors at the “Street of Heroes” cemetery in Donetsk. She left behind two children.
See also: The death toll among senior Russian officers has risen dramatically since March
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