Status Corrected - Bellingcat said it had confirmed the death by accessing a Ukrainian intercept of Russian communications, as well as by means of "a Russian source". The Guardian newspaper reported on March 8th that the Ukrainian defense department "broadcast what it claimed was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine". Gerasimov was later identified receiving an award in the Popasnaya area in May 2022.

Major General - Army Chief of Staff

Unit: 41st Combined Arms Army, Central Military District (CMD)

English Name: Vitaly Petrovich Gerasimov

Russian Name: Герасимов Виталий Петрович

Date of Birth: July 9, 1977

From: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

Education: Kazan Higher Tank Command School (graduated 1999); Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (graduated 2007)

Gerasimov was confirmed to be in fact alive when he was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky on 23 May