Ukraine claims to have killed the deputy commander of Russia Black Sea Fleet, giving another significant blow to Vladimir Putin.
Although Kyiv claims to have murdered five army generals, first rank captain Andrey Paliy, 51, is the only senior navy commander purportedly killed in the war in Ukraine.
Colonel Sergeie Sukharev of the 331st Guards Parachute Assault Regiment was killed on March 18, while Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed in February by a sniper.
Sukhovetsky was the 41st Combined Arms Army’s deputy commander. Ukrainian military intelligence announced Major General Vitaly Gerasimov’s death on March 7 based on an intercepted radio contact.
According to a conversation between two FSB officials, he was the 41st Army’s first deputy commander and was killed west of Kharkiv.
Paliy’s death was verified by a Russian friend, Konstantin Tsarenko, secretary of the Sevastopol Nakhimov Naval School’s public council.
Moscow, on the other hand, has not publicly recognised his death.
According to one story, he was part in attacks on Russian forces near Mariupol.
Paliy, who was born in Kyiv, refused to take the Ukrainian military oath in 1993, and instead chose to serve in the Russian Northern Fleet.
He had earlier served on the Russia nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”.
He also served as deputy head of the Russian naval academy in Sevastopol in annexed Crimea.