Ukraine’s plucky defenders dealt a major new blow to the invaders from Russia. Ukraine soldiers ambushed and killed the two highest-ranking Russian generals to perish so far in the invasion.
Ukraine Kills Highest-Ranking Russian Officers So Far
On Sunday, the Ukrainian military allegedly killed both Major General Roman Kutuzov, 43, and Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov, 47.
The reports about the former’s death have been confirmed by Russian sources; those about the latter’s killing haven’t been confirmed, although Ukrainian social media channels claim he perished.
Kutuzov and Berdnikov have thus become the 11th and 12th Russian generals to be killed in the war in Ukraine, respectively. Berdnikov, if his death is confirmed, will become the most senior Russian military commander to die during Putin’s Ukraine invasion.
Both Kutuzov and Berdnikov were killed amid an ambush in the Donbass region in Southeast Ukraine on Sunday, the reports claim.
In a social media post on Sunday, Mikhaylo Podolyak, one of the advisers to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said more than 80,000 Russian and Russian proxy troops have been killed or wounded so far.
@GonzaloLira1968 Apparently, two Russian generals were killed in Ukraine today:
Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov
Maj. Gen. R. V. Kutuzov
Not authoritatively confirmed as yet.
If I have the correct count, the Ukrainians have now killed 14 generals, reflecting Ukrainian military skills &
— Ruffen (@JohanCaesar6) June 6, 2022
Highest ranking Russian general so far, lieutenant general Roman Berdnikov, commander of the 29th Army of RF, has been killed in Ukraine this morning near Severodonetsk https://t.co/8TZQF5hTgi via @RedMaidan
— Cees Boogaart (@CeesBoogaart) June 6, 2022
Have you managed to hide the grain you didn't steal?
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Also the Highest ranking Russian general so far, Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov, commander of the 29th Central Army of the RF, has been killed in Ukraine yesterday morning near Severodonetsk.
— Pam Sharman 🌻🌻🌻🌻🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🌠🌠 (@Sharman2Pam) June 6, 2022
Putin’s Generals Ambushed in Fresh Ukrainian Massacre of Russian Invaders
Both Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov and Maj. Gen. Roman Kutuzov were killed when Ukrainian forces ambushed their convoy at a bridge in the Donetsk region, the southwestern part of the Donbass, The Sun reported.
While Kutuzov’s death was widely publicized by international media, Berdnikov’s death is still considered unconfirmed, fueling speculations that Russian propaganda managed to decrease the PR fallout of Moscow’s newly suffered blow.
The two generals were the highest-ranking Russian military commanders in the Donbass region.
Bernikov’s killing alongside Kutuzov was confirmed by Alexander Sladkov, a Russian TV reporter and war correspondent, and a famous pro-Putin propagandist.
In a report on the Telegram messaging app, Sladkov revealed the Ukrainian ambush occurred on Sunday morning when Russian generals’ convoy was targeted by a group of Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage units.
According to Sladkov, the less senior general, Kutuzov, died when the vehicles right on the bridge were blown up. Berdnikov was assumed to have survived in some of the Russian military vehicles that managed to escape.
However, he is now believed to have perished in the ensuing shelling of those vehicles by Ukrainians. Berdnikov was heavily involved in the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War since 2015.
In fact, on May 9, Russia’s World War II Victory Day, he was seen at a public celebration event of the Russian troops in Syria where he gave a speech.
Besides the 12th generals now, Ukraine already killed a total of 49 Russian colonels and a total of close to 700 officers overall.
Two russian generals in one day ✅🎯
06/05 died in Ukraine
✅ Commander of the 29th Central Army of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov.
✅ The commander of the army corps of the so-called "DPR" Major General Roman Kutuzov. click here https://t.co/GaIRJWUQoa pic.twitter.com/KDS4xLybU4
— Shoptinhyeu.vn Shop tình yêu người lớn HN TPHCM (@ShoptinhyeuVn) June 5, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of June 6, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/tSzIEi9zjN
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 6, 2022