Following the death of Russian Lieutenant-General Yakov Rezantsev, being killed in Chornobaivka Airfield near Kherson,  the Ukrainian forces killed another high-ranking commander. Russian Colonel Denys Kurilo, brigade commander of the 200th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, had been killed along with 1,500 of his troops near Kharkiv.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke the news through a Facebook update stating that fighting still rages on in Kharkiv and Barvinkove as Russian forces were trying to capture the city of Izyum. Continued fighting was also seen in the settlements of Kamyanka, Sukha Kamyanka, and Tykhotske. The AFU StratCom also reported the news.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces implied that units from the 1st Tank Army had backed up the 200th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade. However, it was in vain as the Ukrainian forces obliterated the brigade.

“The 200th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Russian enemy lost two battalion-tactical groups and personally the brigade commander, Colonel Denis Kurilo [Russian Colonel Denys Kurilo] in the battles near Kharkiv. The losses only of one [200th] brigade amounted to more than 1,500 servicemen,” said the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a translated version of the post.

The 200th Brigade was one of the more “elite” combat units of the Russian army and was said to be equipped with the most modern weapons that Russia had in its inventory. However, despite being equipped with Moscow’s best munitions and vehicles, the brigade had suffered losses early into its invasion of Ukraine, as reported by journalist Yuri Butusov last March 2.

According to him, he visited the site of the defeated 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade near Kharkiv in early March (which is the same location the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported above). He claims that a crew wielding a bunch of Ukrainian Javelin ATGMs destroyed Russian self-propelled gun 2S3 Akatsiya and other armored vehicles, which he described to be “shattered into atoms along with the crew.” Butusov said he personally counted around 30 units of destroyed and captured Russian equipment.