The Ukrainian defense ministry reported that general Vitaly Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian 41st Army has been killed in Kharkiv.
“Another loss among the senior command staff of the occupying army. During the fighting near Kharkiv, Vitaly Gerasimov, a Russian military leader, major general, chief of staff, and first deputy commander of the 41st Army of the Central Military District of Russia, was killed. A number of senior Russian army officers were also killed and wounded,” said Ukraine’s defense ministry.
News of Gerasimov’s death was first reported by Bellingcat which reportedly came from messages intercepted from Russian troops that used local sim cards in Kharkiv.
“His boss, who makes a long pause when he hears the news of Gerassimov’s death (before swearing), is Dmitry Shevchenko, a senior FSB officer from Tula. We identified him by searching for his phone (published by Ukrainian military Intel) in open source lookup apps,” said Bellingcat Director Christo Grozev.
Gerasimov is the second Russian general to be killed in Ukraine within a week after the 41st Army’s deputy commander, Andrei Sukhovetsky.
Chechnyan general, Magomed Tushayev, was also reported killed in combat as well.
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