Lieutenant General Oleg Tsokov, who served as deputy commander of the Southern Military District, was killed in Ukraine's missile attack on the city of Berdyansk, State Duma deputy Andrei Gurulev said on Rossiya-1 TV channel.
In 2022, Tsokov was seriously wounded. He could have stayed home for health reasons, but he decided to return to the zone of the special operation.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine struck the city of Berdyansk in Zaporizhzhia (Zaporozhye) region in the evening of July 11. Ukraine used Storm Shadow missiles for the attack, Vladimir Rogov, chairman of "We are Together with Russia" movement said.
Russian air defence systems shot down most of the missiles as they were flying above the sea. However, one of the missiles hit the territory of a city enterprise.
Oleg Tsokov participated in two Chechen campaigns, military operations in Syria and received a number of serious awards. In particular, he was awarded two Orders of Courage and one Order for Military Merit.
NATO's Boeing P-8 Poseidon was circling above the easternmost point of Romania at the time of the missile strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol