A Ukrainian sniper kills a Russian commander, Kiev claims. 9,000 of Putin’s men died in invasion
- A shooter apparently assassinated Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky yesterday.
- He is by far the highest-ranking official assassinated during the Russian invasion.
- Russia’s’special military operation’ has been dealt a serious blow with the murder of this man.
- It will be interpreted as an indication in Ukraine that the invasion is not proceeding according to plan.
- The news comes as the military claims to have shot down 9,000 Russian soldiers.
- Meanwhile, the Kremlin maintains that it has lost fewer than 500 men.
A senior Russian general has been killed in fierce combat in Ukraine, dealing a huge setback to Russia’s invasion.
Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District’s 41st Combined Arms Army, died yesterday when Ukrainian defense forces withstood the Russian onslaught.
His death has not been officially verified by Russia’s Ministry of Defense, but was publicized on social media by his colleague Sergey Chipilyov and covered extensively by various Russian and Ukrainian news sites.
According to a military source, he was murdered ‘by a sniper’ and that a funeral for the Major General – by far the most senior Russian figure to die in the conflict thus far – will take place in Russia on Saturday.
After days of denials, the Kremlin revealed Monday that 498 of its men were killed and 1,600 were injured in Ukraine’s’special military operation,’ but the exact toll is likely certainly greater.
Ukraine’s military today claimed that Russia’s troops had suffered 9,000 casualties – albeit the statement acknowledged that the death toll ‘is compounded by the high intensity of fighting’.