Andrei Sukhovetsky

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Andrei Sukhovetsky
Sukhovetsky in 2021
Native name
Андрей Александрович Суховецкий
Birth nameAndrei Aleksandrovich Sukhovetsky
Born(1974-06-25)25 June 1974
Died28 February 2022 (aged 47)
Allegiance Russia
Service/branch Russian Airborne Forces
Years of service1995–2022
RankMajor general
Commands held7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division

Andrei Aleksandrovich Sukhovetsky[1] (Russian: Андрей Александрович Суховецкий; 25 June 1974 – 28 February 2022) was a Russian Airborne Forces major general (one-star rank). He was killed in action during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1][2] Sukhovetsky's last assignment was as deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army, a Russian Ground Forces command participating in the invasion of Ukraine. Conflicting reports of the place of his death have arisen, though his death itself is regarded as confirmed.


Sukhovetsky was born on 25 June 1974.[3][4] He graduated from the Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne Command School in 1995, and initially served as a platoon commander before gradually rising in the ranks.[2] The Independent described him as a "respected paratrooper".[5] He served in military operations in the North Caucasus,[1] including in Chechnya,[6] and fought in Abkhazia during the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.[1] In the following year, he graduated from the Combined Arms Academy.[3]

Sukhovetsky was decorated for his role in the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014 and subsequently also participated in the Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war.[1] In 2018, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.[3] From 2019 to 2021,[4] Sukhovetsky headed the 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division.[1] Promoted to major general,[2] Sukhovetsky was appointed deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army in October 2021. In this role, he fought in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1] He also was a Spetsnaz commander.[1] Sukhovetsky was a highly decorated soldier, having been awarded 14 medals.[6]


Sukhovetsky was killed in combat in Ukraine on 28 February 2022.[4][7] According to Ukrainian sources, he was shot by a sniper, either in the city of Hostomel[8] or when landing at Hostomel Airport.[9][10] According to one report, he had ventured to the front of the stalled Russian Kyiv convoy.[11] In contrast, another report claimed that he died near Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian forces at the time;[6] however, the 41st Army operated in northern Ukraine, far from the Mariupol area.[12]

His death was first reported by Andrei Terekhov, a retired Russian intelligence officer, on Twitter on 1 March.[6] It was also reported by Sergey Chipilev, a former colleague of his in the airborne forces, on the VKontakte social networking service on 2 March, though he deleted his account the next day.[6] Vladimir Myshkin, an official of the Combat Brotherhood, a Russian veterans group, confirmed on 3 March that he and others had heard of the death.[6] President Vladimir Putin later mentioned in a speech that he had been killed.[5] Military historian Jack McCall notes that Sukhovetsky is the second Russian general to have been killed as a direct result of combat with Ukrainian combatants since the death of General Nikolai F. Vatutin in 1944.[13][14]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cole, Brendan (3 March 2022). "Ukraine forces reportedly kill top Russian general in blow to invading army". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Deputy Commander of the 41st Army, Major General Sukhovetsky, killed in Ukraine". 3 March 2022. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Гвардии полковник Андрей Суховецкий принял Боевое знамя 7-й десантно-штурмовой дивизии из рук командующего ВДВ" [Guards Colonel Andrey Sukhovetsky received the Battle Banner of the 7th Airborne Assault Division from the hands of the Commander of the Airborne Forces]. (in Russian). Moscow. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "АНДРЕЙ АЛЕКСАНДРОВИЧ СУХОВЕЦКИЙ 25.06.1974 – 28.02.2022 г." [ANDREI ALEKSANDROVICH SUHOVETSKY 06/25/1974 - 02/28/2022] (in Russian). Союз Десантников России [Union of Russian Paratroopers]. 4 March 2022. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b Batchelor, Tom; Dalton, Jane (3 March 2022). "Russian Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky killed by Ukrainians in 'major demotivator' for invading army". Independent. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Anna Mukhina; Mark Krutov (3 March 2022). ""Звоните в ФСБ". В Россию пошли первые "похоронки"" ["Call the FSB." The first "funerals" went to Russia]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (in Russian). Archived from the original on 5 March 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Russian major general killed in Ukraine at end of February". CNN. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  8. ^ Demerly, Tom (4 March 2022). "Reports: Russian airborne forces commander killed by sniper in Hostomel". The Aviationist. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  9. ^ Wiehe, Noelle (4 March 2022). "Russian general killed in Ukraine fighting, Putin confirms". Coffee Or Die. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  10. ^ "'Snipers have been picking them off left and right': Retired U.S. general explains why so many Russian generals are getting killed in Ukraine". MSN. 21 March 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Why is the 64-kilometre Russian convoy not moving towards Kyiv?". 7 March 2022. Archived from the original on 11 March 2022. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  12. ^ Fiszer, Michał (25 February 2022). "Rosjanie utknęli. Ukraińcy stawiają opór na wszystkich frontach" [The Russians are stuck. Ukrainians are resisting on all fronts] (in Polish).
  13. ^ McCall, Jack (11 March 2022). "The ghosts of Ukraine: Putin's onslaught adds to nation's bloody history". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  14. ^ "About: Jack H. McCall Jr". Kent State University. Retrieved 28 March 2022.