April 13, 2024

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Ukraine: Russian General Killed In Kharkiv

A senior Russian military commander has been killed in a battle on the edge of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s defence ministry says.

Maj-Gen Vitaly Gerasimov, 41st Army chief of staff, died along with other Russian officers, the report says.

Russia has not commented, but if confirmed he would be their second officer of this rank to be killed.

Ukraine has begun evacuating civilians from the town of Irpin near Kyiv and the northern city of Sumy. It comes after Russian and Ukrainian officials agreed to establish humanitarian corridors.

” More than 150 people have been evacuated and activities are under way [from Irpin],” said Kyiv Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleba. Sumy Region Governor Dmytro Zhyvytsky said buses with evacuees had departed from the city for Poltava, further south.

International students were among the evacuees. The corridors are expected to stay open until 21:00, but so far there has been no confirmation of evacuations from other cities.

Ukrainian cities have continued to come under heavy bombardment from Russian forces and many civilians have so far been prevented from fleeing after previous attempts to evacuate them failed.

Ukraine had described Russia’s evacuation plans, many of which involve fleeing residents being sent to Russia, as cynical. In Sumy, authorities say children were among 10 people killed in artillery strikes late on Monday.

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