Russian Black Sea Fleet Deputy Commander Andrei Palii was killed in fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces near Mariupol, Ukraine, Russian authorities said.
Via, Telegram, Mikhail Razvojaev, governor of Sevastopol, a port city located on the Crimean peninsula, explained that Andrei Nikolayevich Palii died in the fighting to liberate Mariupol from the Ukrainian Nazis.
This city on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, is the base port for the Russian Black Sea fleet.
Razvojaev detailed that Andrei Palii was an “open and honest man”, a “true officer of a military dynasty” who had “great authority over the fleet”.
It transpired that the soldier died on Saturday in the clashes to take Mariupol, a strategic port city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged by the Russian army for several weeks.
According to the Russian media, Andrei Palii was in 2020 deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria, where Russia has been intervening militarily since September 2015 in support of the forces of the Bashar al Assad regime.
So far it is estimated that more than 14,000 Russian servicemen have died in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Even the Ukrainian government assures that since the invasion began, Russian troops have lost 450 tanks and 93 planes.
In recent days, Ukrainian officials said that Russia "continues to suffer significant losses" and that there is "a low level of morale" among its military forces.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky even mentioned on Thursday that a fourth Russian general had been killed during the fighting.
An adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs later identified him as Major General Oleg Mityaev.
Analysts believe that around 20 generals are in charge of Russian operations in Ukraine.