By Chris King •
Published: 30 Sep 2022 • 1:23
Image of tanks in Kherson region.
Credit: Ukraine MoD/Facebook
It was reported this evening, Thursday, September 29, that Ivan Funtovoy, one of the leaders of the Odesa Party Organisation ‘SICH’ had been eliminated by Russian forces.
No further information was offered as to how he met his death apart from that it occurred in the Kherson region. Funtovoy was said to have been an instructor and a member of the 35th Separate Marine Brigade.
Meanwhile, video footage uploaded onto social media showed Russian military transport aircraft delivering what was believed to be drafted military personnel from the eastern Siberian republic of Buryatia to the western regions of the Russian Federation.
The same source reported the loss by Ukraine of one of its top snipers, Alexander Shuprudko, known as ‘Zheleznyak’. He belonged to a group of tactical snipers called ‘Poachers’, a part of the so-called ‘Ukrainian Volunteer Army’. Shuprudko was said to have been killed by Russian forces near the town of Artyomovsk in the Kuraginsky District of Krasnoyarsk Krai.
This same evening, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognising the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya as independent territories. He is expected to host a ceremony later today, Friday, September 30. During the event, the heads of the four regions that voted to join Russia in the recent referendums will all sign treaties that will make them a part of the Russian Federation.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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