Ukraine’s military claims to have “eliminated” another Russian colonel, adding to a long list of high-ranking Russian military personnel eliminated in Putin’s war against Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces announced on Tuesday that Colonel Denis Kurilo, commander of the 200th separate motorized rifle brigade, had been killed outside Kharkiv.
Kurilo’s reported death, on the 34th day of the Kremlin’s “special operation,” comes after at least seven Russian generals have been killed in Ukraine, according to both Ukrainian and Western officials.
The announcement also comes as the Ukrainian military has had several territorial gains, with the northeastern town of Trostyanets liberated from Russian troops and several areas outside Kyiv reported to have been taken back by Ukraine. The military said territories in the Chernihiv region have also been liberated.
The town of Irpin outside Kyiv was decimated by Russian bombs as Putin’s troops sought a foothold over the Ukrainian capital but the mayor of that resilient town reported that Russian forces had been completely pushed out.
Authorities there have begun the ominous task of clearing out the dead, adding that some of those killed had been mined.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Tuesday they would be reducing the number of its troops around Kyiv and Chernihiv.
Instead, Russian forces only intensified their attacks, with the administrative building of Mykolaiv struck by missile fire early Tuesday. At least seven people were killed in the strike, and another 22 injured, according to local authorities.