Ukraine’s military is claiming that it has killed a third Russian military Major General. They say that Major General Andrey Kolesnikov, commanding general of the 29th Combined Arms Army, was killed as Russian troops continue to try and take control of Ukraine. Unnamed US government officials did acknowledge the death of a third Russian Major General, but no name was given in that confirmation.
The first Russian general to have been killed in Ukraine was Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army (41st CAA) and simultaneously commander of the 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division. He began his service in the VDV (Russian Airborne Forces) in 1995 and was a veteran of multiple conflicts including the Russo-Georgian War, Syrian Civil War, and the annexation of Crimea. He was reportedly killed by a sniper near Mariupol and his death was acknowledged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The second general, whose death has only been confirmed by the Ukrainian government, was Major General Vitaly Gerasimov. The Ukrainian government claims he was killed in Kharkiv Oblast where Russian troops have been facing fierce resistance since the invasion began over two weeks ago. Gerasimov was the Chief of Staff for the 41st CAA and is a veteran of the Second Chechen War, Syrian Civil War, and the annexation of Crimea.
If the two supposed deaths are true these are huge losses for the Russian military; especially the 41st CAA, which would have lost two high ranking officers in a matter of days.