Russian Soldier Killed in Homs, Syria

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

12th May, 2016


In Syria, after the shelling of Homs province, a Russian soldier died from severe wounds. This was reported by “Interfax” with reference to the representative of the Khmeimim Russian air base.

“In the province of Homs, while performing tasks to support the cars of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties, Russian soldier Anton Erygin was seriously injured as a result of serve shelling,” said the representative of the Russian airbase.

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According to the interlocutor of the Agency, Erygin – the wounded man – was immediately taken to hospital, where for two days the doctors fought for his life, but they failed to save the soldier.

It is noted that the soldier’s commander posthumously presented him a state award.

“RIA Voronezh” reported the death of Erygin with reference to his cousin. According to the agency, the soldier who was killed was a signalman, he was previously wounded by a sniper’s bullet to the head at a time when he was laying a cable in Palmyra.

According to official figures, nine Russian servicemen have been killed. Prior to this it was reported that officer Alexander Prokhorenko was killed during the siege by terrorists. Also there was information that a conscript who served at Khmeimim airbase killed himself, then the Pilot of the downed Su-24 was killed, and during the rescue his partner marine was killed. In addition, the death of a military adviser was reported, and at the ceremony, President Vladimir Putin confirmed the death of Fedor Zhuravlev, which until then had been unofficially reported.

On March 15th, Putin announced the withdrawal of the main group of troops from Middle Eastern countries, however, the military continues to help the Syrian army, and the Defense Ministry reports the numerous attacks on ISIS targets.

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