Russian military advisor killed in Syria

The Russian military advisor was placed with Syrian army.

The news was reported on February 3 by the “Interfax” with reference to the Ministry of Defense.

The officer, whose name was not mentioned, was mortally wounded in a mortar attack on a Syrian military garrison by the militants of the terrorist organization Islamic State.

The Russian military was posthumously presented with a state award.

He was in Syria helping the Syrian army learn new weapons, coming from Russia, said the Russian Defense Ministry.

Since September 30, 2015, Russia has been conducting military operations in Syria, at the request of the government. According to official statements, the operation’s goal is to support the army of Bashar al-Assad in the fight against terrorists.

In late October 2015, contractor Vadim Kostenko was killed at the Russian military base in Syria. The Defense Ministry announced the cause of his death was a suicide. Kostenko’s relatives refused to believe this version.

On 24 November 2015, Turkish fighters shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber. As a result, the crew commander Oleg Peshkov and Marine Alexander Pazynich who participated in the rescue operation were killed.


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