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Senior Commander of Putin’s Elite Special Forces Killed in Ukraine: Report

The Russian military has reportedly suffered a major casualty in the form of a decorated senior military officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Gorban, 36, head of the 4th Department of the Special Operations Department of Russia’s Federal Security Service, was reportedly killed “somewhere in Ukraine on August 2,” InformNapalm reporter Anton Pavlushko said in a Sunday Facebook post.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Gorban, who reportedly fought in Syria and possessed two Medals of Courage, were not mentioned. Gorban was reportedly among Russian President Vladimir Putin’s highest-ranking officials, according to Pavlushko.

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