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Russian Submarine Commander Shot Dead On Morning Run

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A former Russian submarine captain accused of war crimes in Ukraine has been assassinated while out jogging in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.

Several Russian media outlets speculated that Stanislav Rzhitsky, 42, may have been tracked via his profile on the Strava fitness app.

Russian investigators say they arrested a man in connection with the killing. The suspect was named Serhiy Denysenko, born in the Ukrainian city of Sumy in 1959.

Rzhitsky reportedly commanded the Krasnodar submarine, named after the city, in the Russian navy.

Ukrainian media has said he could have been in command of the vessel when it carried out a missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia in July 2022, which killed 28 people, including three children.

The Ukrainian government said the attack came from Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Black Sea.

But Russian media has quoted Rzhitsky’s father saying that his son resigned from the Russian armed forces in December 2021 – before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to the BBC.

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