Russian Colonel Ruslan Galitsky died of wounds in Syria.
“Colonel Ruslan Galitsky has died in hospital after being severely wounded,” news agency TASS reports with reference to Russia’s Defense Ministry.
The officer reportedly sustained injuries in an artillery bombardment by Syrian opposition (called ‘militants’ by Russian media) who shelled a residential area in the western part of Aleppo. Galitsky was accomplishing a mission in Syria as part of the group of Russian military advisers.
Earlier this week, two Russian nurses, Galina Mikhailova and Galina Durachenko, were killed when being in a Russian makeshift hospital near Aleppo.
In August, a Russian helicopter was shot down with fire from the ground in Idlib province in northern Syria. All five persons on board died.
Russia’s military operation in Syria was launched on Seprember 30, 2015. The Federation Council (the upper house of Russia’s parliament) granted permission to Vladimir Putin to use the country’s troops in Syria. Sergey Ivanov, Kremlin chief of staff, stressed that Russia was going to use only its Air Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s request.
International community blasted Russia for engaging in airstrikes against moderate anti-Assad rebels and civilians.