Top #Russian General killed by #Ukraine sniper! | Maj. Gen. Andrey Sukhovetsky

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Top Russian general killed by Ukrainian sniper in major blow for Putin One of Vladimir Putin’s most senior paratroopers was gunned down by a “sniper” during a special operation in Ukraine.

Major-General Andrey Sukhovetsky, 47, was the deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District.

There has been no official announcement over his death but a military source confirmed: “This is true. Sniper.”

His funeral back in Russia is scheduled for Saturday.
Russia has admitted to 498 deaths in the Ukraine “special military operation” – but the figure is almost certainly higher.

He is the most senior known casualty, and a blow to Putin in another sign his war effort is not going to plan.

Sukhovetsky was a highly respected paratrooper, famed for leading training missions in “hostile territory”.

It is not confirmed where he died but it is suspected to have happened during an attempt to land in Hostomel.

On the first day of the war, an assault by airborne forces just outside Kyiv was met with strong resistance from the Ukrainians.

Defenders shot down a number of the Mi-8 troop-carrying helicopters during the assault.

Sergey Chipilyov, of the All-Russian Union Airborne Forces Union of Russian Paratroopers, posted: “With great pain, we received the tragic news about the death of our friend, Major-General Andrey Aleksandrovich Sukhovetsky, in Ukraine during a special operation.

“We express our deepest condolences to his family.”

Until 2021, he headed the Novorossiysk 7th Guards Airborne Assault Mountain Division, which specialised in combat in mountainous areas.

One of Russia's top generals was reportedly killed this week by a Ukrainian sniper.

Maj. Gen. Andrey Sukhovetsky, the deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of Russia's Central Military District, was reportedly killed during a heated fight between Russian and Ukrainian forces, according to the Daily Mail. The report talks of a military source who said Sukhovetsky was killed "by a sniper," noting a funeral is planned for Saturday.

Russia's military has not confirmed the death, but Sergei Chipilyov of the Union Airborne Forces Union of Russian Paratroopers reacted to the news on social media.

"With great pain, we received the tragic news about the death of our friend, Major-General Andrey Aleksandrovich Sukhovetsky, in Ukraine during a special operation," the post said, according to Newsweek. "We express our deepest condolences to his family."


Sukhovestky was a decorated veteran who twice participated in the Victory Parade in Moscow's Red Square and received two Orders of Courage, the Order of Military Merit, and the Medal of Courage in his career. Sukhovetsky led the 7th Airborne Assault Division in Novorossiysk for three years. He received a commendation for his role in the annexation of Crimea.