Putin’s colonel killed in drone strike while mowing lawn at his Russian residence according to sources.
Alexei Chernykh, affiliated with Russia’s anti-corruption police, lost his life while performing gardening tasks at his rural home in Shchetinovka, Russia, which is located close to the Ukraine border.
Russian Telegram channel Baza, with ties to the country’s security services, reported his death.
No official responsibility has been claimed by Ukraine for the drone strike. In past instances, Ukraine has distanced itself from attacks on Russian soil.
Baza stated on Monday that Chernykh was killed when “a Ukrainian drone dropped ammunition on his garden in Shchetinovka.”
The channel added, “At that moment, Alexei had the day off and mowed the lawn.”
Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of Belgorod, accused Ukraine of being responsible for the “targeted” drone strike on the Russian rural area.
Gladkov implied that Ukraine’s armed forces used a drone to drop “an explosive device” which hit a civilian while he was “mowing the grass” at his summer cottage.
Although Gladkov did not disclose the individual’s name, he confirmed that the person died due to shrapnel wounds.
Belgorod Governor also expressed condolences to the family and friends of the deceased through a Telegram post.
If Ukraine is indeed responsible for this drone attack, it could serve as significant evidence of Ukraine’s increasing combat capabilities and its ability to conduct precise attacks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has recently asserted that attacks on Russian territory are a “natural and absolutely fair process.”
Increased drone attacks in Russia
In recent weeks, Russia has experienced multiple drone strikes as Ukraine intensifies its long-anticipated counteroffensive against Putin’s forces.
Moscow has been the target of numerous drone attacks during the summer, including strikes in the business district of Moscow.
A large-scale drone strike hit the city housing the Kremlin on May 30, marking the first such attack since Russia’s war with Ukraine began on February 24, 2022.
Last month, Andriy Yusov, spokesperson for Ukraine’s military intelligence, stated that the fact drones have reached Moscow indicates that the Putin regime struggles to fully control the airspace, even for securing critical facilities.
Yusov also cautioned that this situation is likely to continue and escalate.