Defense Ministry: Russian Soldier Killed in Syria Protecting a Humanitarian Convoy

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

19th June, 2016

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A Russian serviceman was killed in Syria while preventing a VBIED from entering the place of humanitarian aid distribution to the population.

This was announced by the Ministry of Defence.

“On June 15th, 2016, in the province of Homs, a soldier, Andrey Timoshenkov, escorting a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria prevented a breakthrough of a car bomb attack to the place of delivery of humanitarian assistance to the civilian population,” stated the message.

Timoshenkov stopped the car bomb by opening fire on it with small arms. The explosion of the car created by the suicide bomber gave Andrey a fatal wound.

Despite the military doctors at the Khmeimim airbase fighting for the life of the soldier for more than a day, Timoshenkov died from the severe injuries he received on June 16th.

The commander of Sergeant Andrey Leonidovich Timoshenkov gave him a state award posthumously.

Russia started operations in Syria in late September 2015, acting on the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In mid-March 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a withdrawal of the main part of the Russian aviation group from the Syrian territory. The Russian military continued to perform tasks in Syria – so they took part in the liberation of Palmyra and the clearing of the city.

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