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Russian general killed in eastern Ukraine, Russian state media reporter says

LONDON (Reuters) – A Russian typical was killed in eastern Ukraine, a Russian point out media journalist reported on Sunday, introducing to the string of high-position army casualties sustained by Moscow.

The report, revealed on the Telegram messaging application by state tv reporter Alexander Sladkov, did not say specifically when and the place Main Basic Roman Kutuzov was killed.

There was no fast remark from the Russian defence ministry.

Russian forces have intensified assaults to seize Sievierodonetsk, a important town in Ukraine’s jap Donbas location that Moscow is concentrating on immediately after failing to take the cash Kyiv early in the war.

Russia by now classifies armed service deaths as condition insider secrets even in instances of peace and has not up to date its official casualty figures in Ukraine considering that March 25, when it said that 1,351 Russian soldiers experienced been killed because the commence of its army campaign on Feb. 24.

Russia claims it is carrying out “special navy operation” designed to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening the Russian-talking populace. Ukraine and Western international locations dismiss Russia’s statements as a pretext to invade.

Britain’s defence ministry mentioned on Monday that Russia appeared to have endured sizeable losses among mid- and junior-position officers in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Reuters modifying by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Zieminski)