- A high-ranking member of President Vladimir Putin's forces, Maj.Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky has been shot dead in Ukraine
- Sukhovetsky was the commanding general of the Russian 7th Airborne Division and a deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army
- The deceased who was a respected paratrooper is the most senior Russian figure to have died so far since the invasion of Ukraine
Major-General Andrei Sukhovetsky, the commanding general of the Russian 7th Airborne Division and a deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army is dead. He was 47 years old.
Independent UK reports that Sukhovetsky was killed by a sniper during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin in a speech updating the Russian people on the progress of the conflict confirmed that a general had been killed in the war.
Sukhovetsky’s death was also confirmed by a local officers’ organisation in the Krasnodar region in southern Russia.
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The respected paratrooper died on Wednesday, March 2, as Ukrainian defence forces repelled the Russian offensive, Daily Mail added.
Though his death has not yet been officially confirmed by Russia's Ministry of Defence, several Russian and Ukrainian news outlets have reported the development
His colleague Sergey Chipilyov also announced the 47-year-old's demise on social media. The post read:
"With great pain, we received the tragic news about the death of our friend, Major-General Andrey Aleksandrovich Sukhovetsky, in Ukraine during a special operation. We express our deepest condolences to his family."
Sukhovetsky graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School in 1995, having started as a platoon commander before rising to chief of staff of the Guards airborne assault unit.
The deceased rose through the military ranks to take a series of leadership positions, and also took part in Russia’s military campaign in Syria.
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