Colonel Andrey Kondrashkin (call sign “Dunay”), who commanded the 31st Guards Air Assault Brigade, has been killed in Ukraine, according to Alexander Khodakovsky, the Putin-appointed deputy commander of the National Guard in the Russian-annexed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR).
No further information was provided about the circumstances of his death.
Ukrainian journalist Yurii Butusov said that the 31st brigade participated in all major battles, starting with the Battle of Hostomel Airport near Kyiv. According to him, the unit is now located near Bakhmut. Kondrashkin was in charge of repelling attacks by Ukraine’s 3rd Assault Brigade near the village of Andriivka. Butusov says that Ukraine’s Armed Forces were able to enter the village through Kondrashkin’s defense sector.