The commander-in-chief of the Russian army, Valery Gerasimov, was wounded in Ukraine in an attack in which several high-ranking Russian officers were killed, Ukrainian media reported. Information about Gerasimov's wounding was transmitted by the German Bild, referring to Ukrainian officials.
According to the adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko, the attack took place yesterday near Izium, where the command center of the Russian army is located, and several high-ranking Russian officers were killed.
"⚡️We received confirmation of yesterday's explosion in #Izium (Eastern 🇺🇦) near 🇷🇺 headquarters. It is known that 🇷🇺 Head of General Staff Gerasimov was there to lead the attack on #Sloviansk.
A large number of casualties among senior 🇷🇺 officers has been confirmed.#UkraineRussianWar" tweeted Valery Gerasimov.
Gerasimov is not in danger of death
Gerasimov was allegedly hit by shrapnel in his right leg and is not in danger of death.
Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov also announced the news of Gerasimov's wounding. "🔥🔥🔥 Our insider says: "Chief General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov was wounded on the territory of Ukraine.
He received a shrapnel wound to the right lower leg without a bone fracture"
🙄 Yaka is a total novelty!. could be .." tweeted Arsen Avkov It is stated that it was a targeted attack on the military leadership.
For now, there is no Russian confirmation that Gerasimov was actually wounded. But, as Bild writes, the fact is that the Chief of Staff was in the area until the end. According to information from NATO circles, Gerasimov appeared on the front in eastern Ukraine to command the planned encirclement of Ukrainian troops.
Previously, the head of Russian diplomacy said that Russia does not consider this war a conflict with NATO, because such a development of the situation would increase the risk of nuclear war, which must not be allowed. The head of Russian diplomacy mentioned that the West will not wait for Russia to ask for forgiveness and capitulate under sanctions.
Lavrov emphasized that any delivery of weapons from abroad to Ukraine would be a legitimate target because those weapons were given to the regime that is waging war against its people. The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the talks between Russia and Ukraine are stalled due to the inconsistent position of Kyiv, and if the negotiators were sincere, the parties would already achieve more significant results.