Top Russian war general almost certainly killed in Ukraine intelligence claims

A leading Russian general has “almost certainly” been killed in Ukraine, British intelligence has claimed.

The Ministry of Defence thinks that a Ukrainian strike on a Russian command post may have claimed the life of Major General Sergei Goryachev, chief of staff of the 35th Combined Arms Army.

Reports of the general’s death have not been definitively confirmed but were initially reported by Russian "military commander" Yuri Kotenok.

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He said heavy fighting in the Vremevsky Ledge area had occurred in the lead-up to the death of the general.

Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, refused to give answers about the validity of the claims.

Goryachev, who is thought to have been 52 years old, rose to the rank of Major General following the commencement of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Reports from Mediazona and Meduza claim he was slain on June 12, which is also Russia Day – a patriotic day that celebrates the Russian Federation.

Writing on Telegram, Kotenok said: “War takes away the best.

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“The army today lost one of the brightest and most effective military leaders, who combined the highest professionalism with personal courage.”

Other indications of the death of Goryachev came from the proxy leader of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Vladimir Rogov, who shared his “most sincere condolences” to the family of the allegedly fallen general.

Pro-Russian bloggers have claimed he was slain in a Storm Shadow missile strike, a weapon provided to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the UK.

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