Vladimir Andonov, a Russian mercenary, and member of the Wagner Group private army has been killed in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, reportedly by a sniper. His death has been confirmed by both Russian media and military sources. Nicknamed "The Executioner" Andonov was accused of a string of war crimes.
One of the most notorious mercenaries from Russia's private army, Wagner Group, has been reportedly killed in Ukraine by a sniper.
44-year-old Vladimir Andonov, from the Buryatia region of eastern Russia, is believed to have been killed in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
The Wagner Group is a private military in Russia. The United States has designated the group a proxy force of the Russian military, the group is made up of mainly ex-special forces and paratroopers.
The group has been active in Syria, Mali, and Libya, and has fought alongside Russian separatists in the Donbas region since 2014.
The Wagner Group has been accused of committing a string of "serious human rights abuses" and war crimes in countries where it has been operating, leading to it being sanctioned by the US and EU.
Vladimir Andonov was dubbed "The Executioner" due to his apparent brutal acts in Syria, Libya, and most recently in Ukraine.
The first reports of the death of Andovnov were released by the Russian media company Moskovsky Komsomolets, where they wrote: The death in Ukraine of Vladimir Andonov, better known as Vaha, has become known. "He died last night during a reconnaissance of the area together with his friend."
The publication also stated that he was most likely killed by a sniper.
His death was also reported on Telegram by Russian military sources based in Buryatia.
The killing of Andovnov marks another loss for Vladimir Putin who lost two generals in a single strike on Sunday. Major General Roman Kutuzov, and Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov were both killed in the same ambush on a bridge in eastern Ukraine.