On June 15, 2023, a military member of Ukraine sits atop a tank at a location close to the battle line in the Kharkiv area. At several locations along the 800 mile front, Ukrainian soldiers have started their long-awaited counteroffensive.
The British Defence Intelligence organization
has reported that a senior Russian commander was likely killed in a Ukrainian strike in southern Ukraine earlier this week, in what the body said was the first “confirmed” kill of a Russian general in 2023. For More Information….
“General-Major Sergei Goryachev was almost certainly killed in a strike on a command post on or around 12 June 2023, in southern Ukraine,” the agency reported in its daily update on Friday. In Defence Intelligence parlance, “almost certainly” means higher than 95 percent confidence.
The first reports of Goryachev’s demise came from Yuri Kotenok, a Russian war correspondent, blogger and analyst who runs the news channel Voenkor Kotenok Z and reports to its 424,000 subscribers. Kotenok wrote earlier this week that the commander was killed “as a result of an enemy missile attack” in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region.
Goryachev was the chief of staff of 35th Combined Arms Army (CAA), a historic formation from Russia’s far east first formed in 1941. It went on to fight in the Soviet invasion of Imperial Japanese Manchuria in 1945.