Russian Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev is the fifth General to perish at the hands of Ukrainian forces since the Russian invasion began 23 days ago.
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the senior commander of the 8th General Army of the Southern Military District of Russia’s Armed Forces died when a Kherson airfield command post was destroyed by Ukrainian troops, Newsweek reports.
His reported death comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin held an enormous rally in Moscow in support of Russia’s forces.
“We have not had unity like this for a long time,” Putin told the tens of thousands of Russians who filled Luzhini Stadium.
“Crimean and Sevastopol residents did the right thing when they put up a rigid barrier against neo-Nazi and extreme nationalists because everything that happened in other territories and (everything) still going on is the best illustration of this,” he continued. “People who have lived and who are still living in Donbas didn’t accept this coup d’état either. Namely to end to the suffering of people (in Donbas) and the genocide is the main reason, operative motive and aim of the military operation that we have started in Donbas and Ukraine.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded with a video posted to social media overnight, in which he stated it will take Russia “several generations” to recover from the losses it will suffer if the war continues. He called for Russia to engage in meaningful negotiations for peace.
“This is the only chance, the only chance for Russia to reduce the harm from its own mistakes,” Zelenskyy stated. “We were always insisting on the negotiation. We were always offering dialogue, offering a solution for peace, not only during the 23 days of invasion — and I want everyone to hear me now, especially in Moscow — the time has come for a meeting. It is time to talk. The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine.”
“Otherwise,” Zelenskyy warned, “Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover.”
President Zelensky pleads directly to Moscow for peace talks now to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He says otherwise Russia will take “several generations” to recover from its losses in the war. pic.twitter.com/SDTQi1rKKN
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) March 19, 2022
Newsweek contacted the Russian defense ministry for a comment on the latest developments, but the death of Morvichev was not confirmed.
“Ukraine’s claims about the deaths of generals on the battlefield give Kyiv a significant public relations coup,” Newsweek reported. “Ukraine has said that as many as 14,000 Russian troops have died, although the U.S. estimates this number to be closer to 7,000.”
“However,” the report added, “Kyiv has been boasting about the demise of some of Putin’s most senior figures in the war, which started on February 24.”
Other fallen Russian senior commanders include Major General Oleg Mityaev, Colonel Sergei Sukharev, Major Generals Vitaly Gerasimov and Andrei Kolesnikov, and General Andrei Sukhovetsky.
According to Western sources, more Russian generals are dying in the war because they have been stationed close to the front lines in an attempt to boost Russian soldiers’ sagging morale.
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