“I’m ready for talks” with Putin, but if they fail, it could mean “World War III.”

Ukrainian officials say another Russian commander was killed during the fighting, the fifth Russian general to be killed since the February 24 invasion.

General Oleg Midyev of Russia’s 150th motorized rifle unit and members of his unit were killed by Ukrainian forces near Mariupol last week. Telegraph Post shared by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister on Tuesday.

Neither the Russian Defense Ministry nor the Russian state media have issued any statement on his death.

Alexei Arostovich, adviser to the head of the presidential office, told Ukraine’s NV News that Midyev was part of a small group sent to Mariupol.

Mythiev “often went on to exemplify how to fight because his soldiers refused to fight.

“Generally, a general will only be killed in close combat if he leads personally on the spot.”

CNN cannot independently verify Ukrainian claims.

The official Facebook page of the Department of Strategic Communications (AFU StratCom) of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also confirmed Mydev’s death in a Facebook post.

In 2016, Midyev was appointed commander of Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan, Russian state media reported.

The 201st military base is the largest Russian military base located outside its borders. Most recently, Russian state media reported that he was stationed as deputy commander of the Russian military group at the Hemim airport in Syria.

The Azov Battalion, a radical nationalist militia affiliated with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, first shared a photo of the general’s body on their telegram account.

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