Two Russian generals dead in one day of Donbas fighting: report

Two Russian generals dead in one day of Donbas fighting: report

A second Russian general is reportedly dead after heavy fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region over the weekend.

Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov, formerly the commander of Russian troops in Syria, is believed to have died Sunday, possibly in the same battle that killed Russian Maj. Gen. Roman Kutuzov, Russian-language Telegram channel Volya Media reported.

The generals were in an armored column that was ambushed by Ukrainian forces, possibly on a bridge somewhere in the Donbas, according to the report. The exact details of the exchange are not yet known.

Russian Maj. Gen. Roman Kutuzov (left) and Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov are reportedly dead.
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Major General Roman Kutuzov died in Ukraine on June 5,
Maj. Gen. Roman Kutuzov died in Ukraine on June 5.
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Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov, former Russian commander in Syria, was 'killed in Donbas' on June 5,
Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov, former Russian commander in Syria, was reportedly killed in Donbas.
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Berdnikov’s death has not been confirmed by Russian state-run outlets or the Kremlin.

If confirmed, the death of such a senior leader would be a blow to Russia’s stated goal of occupying the Donbas, despite the success of the Kremlin’s offensive in the northern half of the region in recent days.

Kutuzov’s death was confirmed Sunday by Russian state media journalist Alexander Sladkov. He did not provide any details as to the location of the attack that killed the general, nor did he mention Berdnikov’s death.

Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov
Lt. Gen. Roman Berdnikov at the Victory Day military parade at Khmeimim Air Base on May 9, 2022.
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epa09999054 Ukrainian servicemen fire a M777 howitzer at a frontline in the Donetsk area, Ukraine, 06 June 2022 amid heavy battles in the region.  On 24 February, Russian troops had entered Ukraine causing fighting and destruction in the country and a humanitarian crisis.
Ukrainian officials claim to have killed more than a dozen Russian generals since the war began.
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A Ukrainian service member holds a next generation light anti-tank weapon (NLAW) at a position on the front line, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near Bakhmut, Donbas region Ukraine June 5, 2022.
The generals were in an armored column that was ambushed by Ukrainian forces.
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Ukrainian officials claim to have killed more than a dozen Russian generals since the war began.

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