As the war rages on in the east, it seems like the Russians have not learned their lessons from their previous attempt to surround and occupy Kyiv. They allegedly lost 2 of their generals on the same day, giving us clues to how the Russians continue to face morale, communications, and security problems on the frontlines. They are the latest addition to the ever-growing list of high-ranking military officials to be killed on Ukrainian soil.

As reported by Russian state television reporter Alexander Sladkov through his Telegram channel “Reports from the militia of Novorossiya” last Sunday, Russian Major General Roman Kutuzov had been killed during a battle in the Donbas region, specifically in the village of Nikolaevka as the Russians try to secure the entirety of Luhansk as part of their revised war goals. Reports of the killing state that it was carried out somewhere between Mykolaivka and Popasna.

Reports differ regarding his function in Ukraine, but the Ukrainian military says that he was the commander of the 29th Combined Arms Army in 2019 and the commander of the 5th Combined Arms Army in 2017. Other claims state that he was the commander of the DNR’s 1st Army Corps.

“Commander of the 1st Army Corps (orcs) DynYrY, Major General Roman Kutuzov has been officially denazified and demilitarized,” the AFU StratCom Facebook page said in a post. Additionally, Sladkov indicated that Kutuzov died while “leading the attack” of his soldiers in the east. This is plausible as the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that there were significant attacks that had been carried out in Mykolaivka and Bilohorivka in the past few days.