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Major-General Vladimir Zavadsky, deputy commander of Russia’s 14th Army Corps, has been confirmed dead in Ukraine, according to Alexander Gusev, the governor of Russia’s Voronezh region.
Gusev announced on Monday that Zavadsky died “at a combat post in the special operation zone,” referring to the term Russia has used for its military activities in Ukraine since February 2022. Paying tribute, Gusev described Zavadsky as “a courageous officer, a real general and a worthy man.” Zavadsky is the seventh top general Russia has confirmed dead, with a total of 12 senior officers reported deceased since the war began.
It is rumored that Zavadsky was killed by a landmine. A pro-Russian telegram account claimed “The investigation is considering the possibility of an explosion on a mine, which had been previously placed by a neighboring unit for the purpose of combating the enemy’s [sabotage and reconnaissance unit].”
This comes as Ukrainian authorities reported significant aerial engagements with Russian forces. On Tuesday, they claimed to have downed 10 out of 17 attack drones launched by Russia overnight. The governor of Ukraine’s Lviv region indicated that three drones targeted infrastructure, causing minimal damage without any casualties. Ukraine’s air force stated that the drones were intercepted across various regions, while also reporting the launch of six S-300 missiles at civilian targets in Donetsk and Kherson.
The Russian Ministry of Defence alleged that an attempt by Kyiv to commit a “terrorist attack” using aerial drones was thwarted, with 22 drones destroyed and 13 intercepted over the Sea of Azov and Crimea. Additionally, four Ukrainian drones were shot down, and two intercepted in a separate incident on Tuesday morning.
The Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014 and serving as a key location for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, remains a strategic focal point and is frequently targeted by Ukrainian forces.