Captain Andrey Paliy, deputy commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, has been killed in combat near Mariupol, officials announced on Sunday.
His death was announced by the Kremlin-installed governor of the Russia-occupied city of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev.
“Captain 1st Rank Andrei Nikolayevich Paly was killed in the fighting [near Mariupol],” Mikhail Razvozhayev said on his Telegram channel.
According to reports, Paliy had been overseeing work on a humanitarian corridor, established in Mariupol by the Russian military.
Sevastopol, a port city on the Crimea Peninsula, became the base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet after the Crimea Peninsula was seized and annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014.
The office of the President of Ukraine, at the time, said Captain Andrey Paliy was the fifth general killed since the invasion began on February 24, an unprecedented number of fatalities among a military leadership in such a short period.
The Russian navy, however, did not respond to a request for comment