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)