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Ex-Russian Army Chief Dies 'Suddenly' In Moscow

A former Russian army chief with long-standing ties to Ukraine has died “suddenly” at the age of 69, the tank factory where he worked has reported, Nataliya Vasilyeva reported for The Telegraph.


Photo Insert: The former military chief, who hails from a Russian region bordering on Ukraine, had close ties with the country Russia invaded in February.



No further explanation was given by the Uralvagonzavod machine building company, the world’s largest tank manufacturer where Gen. Alexei Maslov recently worked as an international sales representative.


Maslov, who was the commander in chief of Russia’s ground forces from 2004 to 2008, passed away on Christmas day at a military hospital in Moscow.



Uralvagonzavod called him a “distinguished commander who made a valiant journey from a platoon commander to the commander-in-chief of the ground forces.”


The former military chief, who hails from a Russian region bordering on Ukraine, had close ties with the country Russia invaded in February. Maslov’s military career began in Soviet Ukraine, where he studied in a top college for military commanders in Kharkiv.


He was later stationed in the Carpathian mountains on the border with Romania.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Maslov’s death came days after a navy official in charge of submarine building also died a “sudden death.” Alexander Buzakov, 65, passed away last weekend, the day after he presided over the floating-out of a new submarine from Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg.


His company described his death as “sudden, untimely, and tragic” but did not elaborate on the cause.



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