Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev was one of Vladimir Putin’s most senior commanders, in charge of the 8th All-Military Army of the Kremlin’s vast Southern Military District
Russia has lost its fifth General in the war in Ukraine, according to army high command in Kyiv.
Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev was one of Vladimir Putin ’s most senior commanders, in charge of the 8th All-Military Army of the Kremlin’s vast Southern Military District.
Moscow did not initially confirm his death in keeping with most previous claims of the the deaths of several generals.
Ukraine now claims to have killed five holding the rank of General.
“As a result of fire on the enemy by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commander of the 8th All-Military Army of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvishev was killed,” said a statement from the army general staff in Kyiv.
The statement did not say where he was killed but other accounts claimed it was in the village of Chornobaivka, Kherson Region.
This was attributed to Vadym Denysenko, advisor to the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Minister.
The Ukrainians also claimed that wounded Russian soldiers have filled all hospital facilities in Gomel city in Belarus.
“All health institutions with surgical departments are involved in the admission and treatment of the wounded occupiers,” said the Ukrainian general staff.
“Surgeons are working around the clock.
“All scheduled operations of Belarusian citizens are either canceled or postponed indefinitely.
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“A high death rate is recorded among the severely wounded Russian invaders.”
The report of Mordvishev’s death comes as Russia is launching a propaganda campaign to show “heroes” – those troops who have killed a large number of Ukrainian “nationalist” or “Nazis”.
Pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda highlighted Sergeant Alexei Gapchennko who in an “unequal battle with superior enemy forces…personally destroyed up to 10 nationalists during the battle.”
Gapchenko also “captured 13 Ukrainian neo-Nazis, who, during interrogation, provided valuable intelligence about the enemy”.
Senior sergeant Rodion Popov “destroyed two enemy trucks with a grenade launcher.”
“The nationalists who opened indiscriminate return fire were destroyed.”
Popov captured an ammunition store, it was claimed.
Colonel Dmitry Markov blew up a dam to allow water to flow to annexed Crimea, said his citation.
Lt Alexei Zolotov, commander of the heavy flamethrower platoon, and his unit killed around 40 Ukrainian soldiers in striking a column of armoured vehicles, it was claimed.
The propaganda account continued: “The rest of the Ukrainian nationalists, realising the futility of further resistance, fled the battlefield.
“Courageous actions of the calculation contributed to the repulse of the enemy counterattack and the further development of the offensive operations of the Russian troops.”