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Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainian intelligence services say they killed a high command of the Russian forces

a russian general died in fighting in Kharkovthe second largest city in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian military intelligence agency.

This is Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, the second Russian general to be killed since the start of the invasion, according to reports. The military man fought with Russian forces in Syria and Chechnya and participated in the seizure of Crimea in 2014, for which he received the medal “For the return of Crimea”.

However, the information was not confirmed by the invading forcewho until now has not acknowledged that they have killed his general, who in turn is the nephew of Army General Valery Gerasimov, the current chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and first deputy minister of Defense.

The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Major General Gerasimov, chief of staff of the 41st Army, was killed on the outskirts of the city of Kharkovin eastern Ukraine, along with other high-ranking officers.

If the information is confirmed, Gerasimov would be the second Russian general to die within a week in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In early March, Russian media confirmed that his deputy commander, Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, had been killed.

President Vladimir Putin with Army General Valery Gerasimov, uncle of Russian Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, who Ukrainian intelligence claims to have shot down.

The mayor of Lviv said the city in the country’s far west is struggling to provide shelter and food for the tens of thousands of people who have fled there from war-torn regions. More than 200,000 Ukrainians displaced from their homes are now in Lviv, filling sports arenas, schools, hospitals and churches.

Russian aircraft bombed cities in the east and center of the country overnight, according to the Ukrainian authorities. The attacks continued in the suburbs of the capital, Kiev. In Sumy and Okhtirka, east of the capital and close to the Russian border, bombs fell on residential buildings and a power plant was destroyed, according to a regional leader. Bombs also fell on fuel depots in two other towns.

Russian troops have made significant gains in southern Ukraine, though they are stalled in other regions. A senior US official said several countries were considering whether to provide the planes Zelenskyy has requested.

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