A Russian army general has been killed in eastern Ukraine, a state-run media has reported.
Alexander Sladkov, a journalist with Russia’s state television, broke the news to the messaging app Telegram on Sunday, Reuters reported. However, he did not specify when and where Major General Raman Kutuzov was killed.
Russia’s Defense Ministry did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Russia tried to seize the capital, Kiev, after launching an attack on Ukraine in February, but failed and turned its attention to the eastern part of the country. They have now stepped up their attacks to seize Severodonetsk, an important city in the Luhansk region of the region known as Donbass. The whole of the province of Luhansk would fall under their control if they could capture this city and another small town adjacent to it; According to reports, here they are facing fierce resistance from Ukrainian forces.
Russia has already classified their military deaths as state secrets. They have not given an official update on how many troops have been killed in Ukraine since March 25. At the time, they said, 1351 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the military operation in Ukraine on February 24.
Russia says Ukraine’s “neo-Nazi” nationalists pose a threat to the country’s Russian-speaking population, so it is conducting “special military operations” there to suppress them and disarm the neighboring country. Ukraine and its Western allies have called Russia’s claim an excuse for an attack.
The United Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Monday that Russia’s central and junior military officers in Ukraine had suffered significant casualties.