A senior Russian commander, Lt. Gen. Oleg Tsokov, has been killed near the Russian-occupied city of Berdiansk in the southern Zaporizhzhia region on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said.
"It is reported that today, in the area of Berdiansk, Russian Lieutenant General Tsokov Oleg Yurievich was killed," said Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko. The mayor does not currently reside in Mariupol, which is under Russian control.
"In September 2022, he [Tsokov] was already injured, but he survived," Andriushchenko said, adding that now the Russian commander's death "is completed."
Another Ukrainian official, Yurii Mysyagin, who is a member of Ukraine's parliament, also commented on the commander's death.
"In the South, in the area of occupied Berdiansk, on July 11, 2023, Russian Lieutenant General Oleg Yurievich Tsokov was killed," Mysyagin said. "The British 'Storm Shadow' [missile] came to visit accurately," he added without elaborating further. In May, the UK delivered the Storm Shadows, long-range cruise missiles with stealth capabilities that were jointly developed by the UK and France.
CNN is unable to independently verify the reports about Tsokov's death.
The commander, who is among the individuals sanctioned by the United Kingdom over Russia's war in Ukraine, was with Russia's 144th Motorized Rifle Division back in 2022, according to Russian state news outlet TASS.