The Russian "Pravda" reported on March 3 that Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of the 41st Coalition Army of the Russian Central Military District, was killed in a military operation.
According to reports, his comrade-in-arms Sergey Chipilyov from the Russian Airborne Forces announced the news on social platforms.
"It is with great pain that we have received the tragic news about the death of our friend Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky during a special operation in Ukraine," Sergey Chipilyov said. "We send our hearts out to his family. My deepest condolences," he wrote in the post.
According to the report, from 2019 to 2021, Andrei Sukhovetsky commanded the 7th Airborne Assault Division in Novorossiysk, participated in Russian military operations in Syria, and was honored twice by the Kremlin. In 2021, Andrei Sukhovetsky was appointed deputy commander of the 41st Combined Army of the Central Military District. He also participated in the military parade on Moscow's Red Square twice and was awarded several medals.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has not yet responded to the news of Andrei Sukhovetsky's death. If true, he is the highest-ranking commander of the Russian army killed in this conflict.
The British "Independent" said that Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed by a Ukrainian sniper.