A Russian general Roman Kutuzov has been killed in eastern Ukraine, a Russian state media journalist said on Sunday, adding to a string of high-ranking military casualties suffered by Moscow.
The report, posted on the Telegram messaging app by state television reporter Alexander Sladkov, did not say precisely when and where Major General Roman Kutuzov was killed. There was no immediate comment from the Russian defence ministry.
Russian forces have stepped up attacks to capture Sievierodonetsk, a key city in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region that Moscow is targeting after failing to take the capital Kyiv earlier in the war.
Russia already classifies military deaths as a state secret even in peacetime and has not updated its official casualty figures in Ukraine since March 25, when it said 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of its military campaign on March 24. February.
Russia says it is conducting a “special military operation” designed to demilitarize Ukraine and rid it of nationalists who threaten the Russian-speaking population. Ukraine and Western countries dismiss Russia’s claims as a pretext to invade.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that Russia appeared to have suffered significant losses among junior and mid-ranking officers in Ukraine.
In the Kyiv attack, one person was hospitalized, although there were no immediate reports of deaths. Dark smoke could be seen from many miles away after Russia’s attack on two outlying districts on Sunday.
Ukraine said the attack affected repair work on rail cars, while Moscow said it had destroyed tanks sent by Eastern European countries to Ukraine.
Oleksandr Kamyshin, head of the Ukrainian railway, confirmed that four missiles hit the Darnytsia railcar repair facility in eastern Kyiv, but said there was no military equipment at the site.
The attack was a sudden reminder of the war in Kyiv, where normal life has largely returned since Russian forces were driven from its outskirts in March.
The “missile strikes in Kyiv have only one goal – to kill as many as possible,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.
Ukraine said Russia had carried out the attack on Kyiv using long-range air-launched missiles fired from heavy bombers as far away as the Caspian Sea.
Ukraine’s nuclear power operator said a Russian cruise missile had flown “critically low” over the country’s second largest nuclear power plant.