Ninth Russian general 'killed in Ukraine' as Putin tries to take east

NINTH Russian general is ‘killed in Ukraine’: Kyiv claims to have taken out yet another senior officer as Putin tires to conquer the east

  • Major General Andrey Simonov slain, Ukraine Army sources tell Zelensky adviser
  • Simonov would be the ninth and youngest Russian general killed during invasion
  • Strike near city of Izyum, northeastern Kharkiv region also took out 30 vehicles
  • Average one Russian general killed each week during Putin’s failed excursion

A ninth Russian general was reportedly killed in a Ukrainian artillery strike near Kharkiv.

Major General Anton Simonov died during the attack on a Russian army command past in northern Ukraine, President Zelensky adviser Alexey Arestovych said yesterday.

Mr Arestovych told YouTube livestream viewers he was informed by well-placed army sources.

Simonov would be the ninth and youngest Russian general killed so far in the latest blow to Putin’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine.

He was seen as the Russian military’s leading electronic warfare specialist. 

Major General Andrey Simonov (picture date unknown) was an electronic warfare commander

The April 29 Ukrainian artillery attack on a Russian command post in Izyum, Kharkiv region

Simonov died in a devastating fightback by the Ukrainians against a Russian offensive.

Simonov led electronic warfare within the 2nd Combined Arms Army and is a former cyber commander of the Western Military District.

Footage of the strike on the Izyum command post on April 29 was re-shared after it emerged Simonov may have been killed. 

The Ukrainian Army said it destroyed 30 Russian vehicles during the artillery assault.

Simonov’s alleged killing adds to the 36 colonels and more than 300 Russian officers who have died in Ukraine so far.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence claimed this morning it has killed 23,500 Russian soldiers, destroyed 1,026 tanks and wrecked nearly 200 planes since the war began.

Daily Mail foreign columnist Ian Birrell tweeted: ‘Russia is losing one general a week on average in Putin’s disastrous war, which must be an almost unprecedented rate of attrition for such senior officers.’

But Sinonov’s death alongside 100 Russian troops – and the reported loss of armoured vehicles – indicates another setback for the Kremlin leader. 

Putin has aimed to declare the success of his mission on 9 May, Victory Day in Russia, marking the anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

From Kirov region, the Major-General was a graduate of the Tomsk Higher Military Command School of Communications.

Just two weeks ago Russia’s eighth slain general Vladimir Frolov’s grave in St Petersburg was pictured.

Frolov ‘sacrificed his life so that children, women and the elderly in Donbas would not hear bombs exploding again’, the St Petersburg governor said as his friend was laid to rest.

The general was from a military family and ‘died the death of the brave in battle against Ukrainian nationalists’, Alexander Beglov added.

He was ‘a true patriot, a brave and courageous man’ who ‘honestly and to the end fulfilled his military and human duty.

‘People will not forget their heroes. Eternal memory to him.’

He became the 42nd high-ranking officer known to have died in a war that has haemorrhaged Putin’s top brass.

The scale of the death toll invalidates Vladimir Putin’s claim that his ‘special military operation’ is going according to plan.

Russia’s other eight fallen generals 

General Magomed Tushaev: Chechen special forces leader who had led ‘anti-gay purges’ killed in an ambush near Hostomel on February 26 

Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky: Deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District killed during a special operation by a sniper on March 4

General Magomed Tushaev (right) was blown up in the early stages of the war by Ukraine after they joined the Russian invasion

Major General Vitaly Gerasimov: First deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army who took part in operations in Syria and Crimea, killed in fighting around Kharkiv on March 8

Major General Andrei Kolesnikov: Commander of the 29th Combined Army Army killed on March 11

Major General Vitaly Gerasimov (left) was first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army, taking part in operations in Syria and Crimea. He was killed in fighting around Kharkiv on March 8

Major General Oleg Mityaev, died fighting near the city of Mariupol on 16 March

Lt Gen Andrey Mordvichev, killed in the Kherson region on March 19 

Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, commander of Russia’s 49th combined army, was killed in a strike near the southern city of Kherson on March 25 

Major General Vladimir Frolov was deputy commander of the 8th Guards Army in east Ukraine. His grave in St Petersburg was pictured two weeks ago

Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, commander of Russia’s 49th combined army. He was killed in a strike near the southern city of Kherson on March 25

The grave of Major General Vladimir Frolov in Serafimovskoe Cemetery, St Petersburg. The circumstances of his death remain unclear

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