On Sunday evening, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said that Russian forces carried out “offensive operations” in the Mykolaivka and Belogorovka regions and incurred “significant losses in manpower and equipment.”
It is not known what unit was commanded by General Roman Kutuzov. The head of the Ukrainian Regional Military Administration in Odessa, Sergei Prachuk, said the army led a corps of the separatist army from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Ukrainian Navy officer Dmitry Ivanov wrote on social media that the Russian commander was killed as a result of Ukrainian artillery shelling.
“He became famous as a man who loved the methods of Mr. Zhukov very much,” he added, referring to the famous leader of the USSR. He explained that General Kutuzov sent two brigades for the attack, which inflicted heavy losses, and therefore had to support the attack himself.
There is little information about the Russian commander in open sources. In 2019, he was listed on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense as interim commander of the 29th All-Inclusive Army. In 2020, in the city of Chita, Zabykalsky District, he led the parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Kutuzov is the fourth general confirmed by various official sources in Russia that he died in the war in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities reported the killing of at least seven generals, but it later turned out that at least two of them were still alive, which was verified by the Russian BBC.
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