British intelligence confirms elimination in Ukraine of Russian general whose subordinates committed atrocities in Bucha
On June 12, Russian Major General Sergei Goryachev was killed during a strike by Ukrainian troops on a Russian command post in southern Ukraine. He was the head of the headquarters of the 35th Combined Arms Army of the Russian Armed Forces and was probably in command of this formation.
In March 2022, the occupiers from the 35th Combined Arms Army committed atrocities in Bucha, and in June were defeated near Izyum. This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defence, citing British intelligence.
"Major General Sergei Goryachev was almost certainly killed in a strike on a command post around June 12, 2023, in southern Ukraine. Goryachev was the Chief of Staff of the 35th Combined Arms Army (35 CAA). With the 35th CAA's appointed commander, Lieutenant General Oleksandr Sanchyk, reportedly filling a gap in the senior staff, there is a realistic possibility that Goryachev was acting army commander at the time of his death," the statement said.
The British defence ministry noted that Goryachev was the first Russian general to be confirmed dead in Ukraine since the beginning of 2023. Under his command, units of the 35th Combined Arms Army committed atrocities in Bucha, Kyiv region.
"This (Goryachev's liquidation - Ed.) continues a military record that has been both challenging and controversial for the 35 CAA: in March 2022, elements of the army were present during the massacre of civilians in Bucha, and in June 2022, troops were largely destroyed near Izyum," the British Ministry of Defence reminded.
Earlier, British intelligence stated that the owner of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had challenged Putin.
The key date for this confrontation may be July 1, 2023: according to the order of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Wagner mercenaries must sign contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defence by this date. However, Prigozhin has repeatedly stated that the mercenaries will not do so.