Ukrainian military members just took out the second Russian General in as many weeks. He died during fighting around Kharkiv, according to Ukrainian Intelligence, the BBC reported. Chief of Staff of the 41st Army, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, died along with additional senior military leaders, according to The Guardian. The investigative journalism agency Bellingcat confirmed Gerasimov’s death. Its Executive Director Christo Grozev claimed that its journalists figured out who the senior FSB officer was by listening to their call.
Gerasimov fought in the Second Chechen War, the Russian military operation in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea. He won a number of metals along the way. The Guardian was waiting for additional confirmation, but said Gerasimov would be the second Russian general from the 41st Army to die so far in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. At the beginning of March, its deputy commander, Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, was confirmed by Russian media to have been killed.
Without Putin’s high-ranking officers, the Russian president faces low morale in the face of a determined resistance.
‘In the call, you hear the Ukraine-based FSB officer ask his boss if he can talk via the secure Era system. The boss says Era is not working. Era is a super expensive cryptophone system that [Russia’s defence ministry] introduced in 2021 with great fanfare. It guaranteed [to] work “in all conditions.”‘
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that this war was “like a nightmare” for Putin. Then, he praised the Ukrainian resistance.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN) claimed that Putin has a strategy to “brutalize Ukraine” by bombing the cities out of existence.
It is not certain whether Russia and Ukraine agreed to establish humanitarian corridors before the general’s death was admitted, but so far, they have been holding. This was their fourth attempt.
Kyiv Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said
‘As of 09:30 [07:30 GMT], more than 150 people have been evacuated and activities are under way [from Irpin].’
The evacuation included international students.
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