An ISIS shelling has killed Russia’s Lieutenant General Valery Asapov near Deir Ezzor city, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
According to the ministry, the general died after sustaining a “fatal injury” in the “sudden Daesh [ISIS] mortar shelling.” The incident took place when Asapov was at a command outpost manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of Deir Ezzor.
The killed general will receive a state award posthumously.
According to the Russian media, Asapov was a commander of Russian task forces in Deir Ezzor and Raqqah provinces.
Earlier in September, the Syrian Arab Army, supported by the Russian military, broke the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor city and Dier Ezzor Airport and launched a large-scale against ISIS in the countryside of the city.