A fifth Russian general has been killed during fighting near the southern city of Kherson, Ukrainian officials have claimed.
In a post on social media, the general staff of Ukraine’s army claimed that the Russian Lieutenant-General Andrei Mordvichev had died when Ukrainian forces hit an airfield in Chornobayivka, near Kherson airport.
The Ukrainian military claimed to have killed yet another Russian general, this time Lieutenant-General Andrei Mordvichev, making him the fifth to die so far in the conflict, reported NBC news.
Mordvichev, who led the 8th General Army of the Southern Military District, was killed as the result of “fire damage,” the Ukrainian armed forced announced on social media early Saturday.
Other high-ranking Russian officials, including at least one general, have been killed as the result of poor operational security after using unsecured phones and radios whose locations were traceable.
News of Mordvichev’s alleged death came as the Russian military claimed it had used its first hypersonic missiles during the Ukraine conflict to eliminate an underground weapons cache in Delyatyn, western Ukraine.
The “Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles” was activated, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a video announcing the unconfirmed news, according to the Associated Press.
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