Russia’s ‘best’ general killed on frontline fight back Ukraine counteroffensive

Russia’s “best” general has been killed by a Ukrainian missile strike trying to fight back counteroffensive, according to a new report.

Yury Kotyonok, a prominent pro-Russian war correspondent, posted to his Telegram account that Major-General Sergei Goryachev, Chief of Staff of Russia’s 35th Army, had been killed.

Goryachev was killed on Monday (June 12) while fighting on the Zaporizhzhia front, where Ukrainian forces are battling to regain territory.

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Kotyonok wrote: “War claims the best.

“The army has lost one of its brightest and most effective military commanders, who combined the highest professionalism with personal courage.”

“Deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased!” the reporter added.

According to reports by the New York Post, Goryachev’s death coincided with Russia Day, the country’s national holiday.

Vladimir Rogov, a Moscow-installed official in the annexed part of the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine, shared his “most sincere condolences” to Goryachev’s family on the platform.

The 52-year-old general had served in the military for nearly 30 years – including fightings in the Second Chechen War, commanding a tank brigade, overseeing a Russian military base in Tajikistan and leading Russian forces in Moldova’s breakaway pro-Russian region of Transdniestria.

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The reports claim that several other high-ranking officers were also killed by the long-range missiles.

But there was no immediate confirmation of the deaths from Russia’s Defense Ministry and

Russia’s military does not report war casualties.

However, the independent news Telegram channel “Vazhnye Istorii,” suggested Goryachev is possibly the 10th Russian general to be killed in Ukraine.

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