A Russian general has been killed in eastern Ukraine, a Russian state media reporter said on Sunday, adding to the string of high military casualties suffered by Moscow.
The report, published on the Telegram messaging app by state television reporter Alexander Sladkov, did not specify exactly when and where Major General Roman Kutuzov was assassinated.
There was no immediate comment from the Russian Defense Ministry.
Russian forces have stepped up strikes to take Moscow, a key city in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Sievierodonetsk, after it failed to capture the capital Kiev early in the war.
Russia already classifies military deaths as state secrets, even in times of peace, and hasn’t updated its official casualty count in Ukraine since March 25, when it said 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of its military campaign on February 24.
Russia says it is conducting a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine and ridding it of nationalists who threaten the Russian-speaking population. Ukraine and Western countries reject Russia’s claims as a pretext to invade.
The British Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia appears to have suffered significant losses to middle and junior officers in Ukraine.