Ukraine’s armed forces killed Russian Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky in an attack earlier this week, according to Russian media and Ukrainian officials.
While specific details of Sukhovetsky’s death were not revealed, Russian newspaper Pravda stated that he was killed “during a special operation in Ukraine.”
On Thursday, Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine’s former minister of infrastructure who has joined the military operation in Kyiv told Fox News Digital that “The fact is, we killed him.”
According to a report by Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN), Anton Gerashchenko, the advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs stated, “The first has left! The first Russian general has been destroyed in Ukraine. Prepare for others! Or, gentlemen generals, report to the mountain that the invasion of Ukraine is a bloody adventure that will destroy Russia if not stopped immediately!”
“Ukraine is your Afghanistan. We will not have to wait only 10 years for the collapse of Russia. We will invest in a month,” Gerashchenko added.
According to Russian state-owned TASS news agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Sukhovetsky to serve as a deputy commander in the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District last year. Sukhovetsky had a stellar record of military accomplishments. He served in Syria, headed the 7th Airborne Division, and was awarded two commendations from the Kremlin.
Sukhovetsky, who was 47, began his career in the armed forces as a platoon commander after training at a military academy. He gradually climbed up the ladder and rose to a series of ranks in the Russian army.
Confirming his death, a post by Sergei Chipilev, a member of a Russian military officers’ group on VKontakte, a Russian social media platform read, “With great pain, we learned the tragic news of the death of our friend, Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, on the territory of Ukraine during the special operation.”
“We express our deepest condolences to his family,” added Chipilev.
Sukhovetsky’s funeral will be held in Novorossiisk, Russia.