Ukraine kills Russian general, shoots down 2 planes, 3 helicopters: Reports
- Mordvichev is said to be the fifth general to have died since the invasion of Ukraine started
- Kyiv has said that as many as 14,000 Russian troops have died
- The US, however, estimates the number to be closer to 7,000
The advisor to the president's office of Ukraine, Aleksey Arestovich, reportedly said that the general was killed in an attack by the forces of Ukraine in an airfield in Chornobayivka, in Kherson region, according to Interfax Ukraine.
Mordvichev is said to be the fifth general from Vladimir Putin's forces to have died since the invasion of Ukraine started.
The news comes as Kyiv claimed Saturday morning that its military forces have shot down two Russian planes and three helicopters in the past 24 hours.
However, the Russian defence ministry has not confirmed Mordvichev's death nor has it confirmed the shooting down of its aircrafts.
Ukraine had earlier claimed that they had killed Major General Oleg Mityaev, Major General Andriy Kolesnikov, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov and Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky.
Kyiv has said that as many as 14,000 Russian troops have died, but the US estimates the number to be closer to 7,000.
With the Russia-Ukraine war still continuing despite several peace talks, the UN migration agency on Friday estimated that nearly 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine. The International Organisation for Migration said 3.2 million have already fled the country.
Despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urging Putin to negotiate, Russia continued its offensive on Saturday. Moscow's military said it had used a hypersonic missile in combat for the first time to destroy an ammunition depot in Ukraine's west.
Major General Igor Konashenkov said the "Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles," was deployed Friday, in a video posted on Russian state media RIA's Telegram channel.
He added that it "destroyed a large underground warehouse" containing "missiles and aviation ammunition" in the village of Delyatyn, which is located around 380 miles (612 kilometres) west of Ukraine's capital Kyiv and north of its border with Romania.