Russian State Duma deputy and a former commander in the Russian army, Andriy Gurulov, has confirmed that Lt. Gen. Oleg Tsokov was killed in Ukraine, Russian independent news outlet Meduza reported on July 12.
On July 11, several explosions rocked the occupied city of Berdyansk. Among the targeted locations was the Duna hotel, a temporary residence for Russian officers.
The Russian military alleged the attack was carried using UK-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missiles.
Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of nearby Melitopol, reported that a general had been killed in the hotel, and Russian media subsequently confirmed this individual to be Oleg Tsokov.
Tsokov oversaw Russia’s campaign of missile strikes on Ukraine. Since August 2022, Tsokov had been the commander of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Russian Federation.
He was promoted to lieutenant general in 2023. In addition to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he participated in Russia’s two wars against Chechnya and the war in Syria.
Anonymous Telegram channels reported that Tsokov held the position of deputy commander of Russia’s Southern Military District. Though there was no official announcement of his appointment, it has been speculated that his presence in Berdyansk and subsequent exposure to the attack could be explained by this assumed role.
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