A Russian major-general was killed and two service members were injured in Syria on August 18 after vehicles they were traveling in were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the province of Deir Ezzor, the Russian Ministry of Defence reported.
“As a result of the explosion, three Russian servicemen were injured. During evacuation and while receiving medical assistant, a senior Russian military advisor wit hthe rank of major-general died from the serious injuries sustained,” the military said.
The incident took place near the At-Taim oil field, about 15 km outside the city of Deir Ezzor, with the Russian convoy said to have been hit while returning from a humanitarian action.
The killed major-general was identified as Vyacheslav Gladkih. He served as Deputy Commander of the 36th Combined-Arms Army. In Syria, he was serving as an adviser to the Syrian Arab Army.
Recently, ISIS significantly increased the number of attacks on Syrian pro-government forces in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor. The terrorist group is especially active near the cities of Deir Ezzor and Mayadin. It could be suggested that the group of the Russian advisers was there to discuss the current situation in the area with its Syrian counterparts.
The previous major incident involving high-ranking Russian casualties happend in Deir Ezzor province on September 23, 2017. Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov died as a result of ISIS shelling near Deir Ezzor city.
Asapov was at the Syrian checkpoint when it was bombarded by ISIS forces. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reports that Lieutenant General Asapov was helping the Syrian forces command the Deir ez-Zor liberation campaign, when he had been lethally wounded in a sudden ISIS attack.
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