Russian media report death of General Zhidko. He commanded the invasion of Ukraine in 2022
Russian media report the death of the former commander of the Eastern Military District and ex-deputy minister of defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko, who in May-July 2022 commanded the occupying group of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. Russian outlets refer to the message of the governor of the Khabarovsk Krai Mikhail Degtyarev on Telegram.
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Zhidko allegedly died in Moscow after a long illness.
In 2016, Zhidko headed the headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces group in Syria. In 2018, he became the commander of the Eastern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. From November 2021 to July 2022, Zhidko was the Deputy Minister of Defense — Head of the Main Military-Political Department of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
In early June 2023, it was reported that Zhidko was appointed to command all occupation groups of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, replacing General Dvornikov in this position.
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