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Ukraine says it killed another high-ranking Russian military leader

Ukraine says it killed another high-ranking Russian military leader.

Vitaliy Gerasimov, a major general in the Russian army, “was eliminated” near Kharkiv, according to the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Directorate.

“Another defeat among the leading team of the army of the occupying country,” the leadership wrote on its Facebook page and Twitter account. The leadership said Gerasimov was killed in battles near Kharkiv.

Gerasimov was a Russian military commander, chief of staff and first deputy commander of the 41st Army of Russia’s Central Military District, according to the leadership.

He “participated in the second Chechen war and the Russian military operation in Syria”, according to the management. He received a medal “for the return from the Crimea”.

The Russian Embassy in Washington DC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Russian media said another military leader had been killed in that country’s war with Ukraine.

Russian media reported that Andrei Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, was killed last week.

Sukhovetsky died during a special operation in Ukraine, his comrade in arms Sergey Chipilev wrote on social networks, according to Pravda.ru.

“With great pain we received the tragic news of the death of our friend, Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, on the territory of Ukraine during the special operation. We express our deepest condolences to his family” , he wrote, according to the publication.

Sukhovetsky graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School in 1995, according to Pravda.ru. “As stated on the Ministry of Defense website, he began his career as a platoon commander and rose to Chief of Staff of the Guards Airborne Assault Unit.”

Howard Altman is an award-winning editor and journalist who was formerly a military reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and before that the Tampa Tribune, where he covered USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, and SOF in detail among many other topics.