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Russian Major General Seriously Wounded in Battle for Syrian Palmyra

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Russian Major General Petr Milyukhin has been critically injured in the battle for Palmyra in Syria.

Russian Major General Seriously Wounded in Battle for Syrian Palmyra

Head of the Directorate of Combat Training of the Western Military District’s Staff, Major General Petr Milyukhin (Photo: Oblastnaya gazeta / Aleksandr Zaytsev)

Head of the Directorate of Combat Training of the Western Military District’s Staff, Major General Petr Milyukhin, was critically injured in the battle for Palmyra in Syria, a number of Russian media reported. According to the Fontanka newspaper, it is the first Russian general, who was wounded in Syria.

As the newspaper reported, Milyukhin was blown up by a land mine about a week ago, he lost both his legs and an eye.

The Major General received first-aid treatment at the scene, however, due to ill health he was transported by a special flight to the Main Military Clinical Hospital named after NN Burdenko in Moscow. “He is here,” a representative of the hospital told the newspaper on Friday, refusing to disclose any details.

As the Infox news website reported, citing its own sources in the hospital, Milyukhin is currently in intensive care, doctors are trying to stabilize his condition.

“He is in the 56th unit, it is a resuscitation department,” a receptionist of the hospital answered a question of a correspondent of the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Russian Defense Ministry still has not commented the situation.

The headquarters of the Western Military District told Infox that Milyukhin is a subordinate of Commander of the Russian group in Syria, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov. According to the website, Milyukhin’s direct responsibilities included formation of plans of combat operations and monitoring of their implementation.

In December 2015, Milyukhin obtained a rank of Major General by a decree of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On March 2, 2017, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin that the Syrian Armed Forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, had completed an operation on taking of Palmyra. The city already was liberated from terrorists in March 2016, but in December, they again managed to take control over Palmyra. For the first time, terrorists took Palmyra in May 2015.

Twenty seven Russian servicemen lost their lives during the aerial operation against Syrian terrorists, which was started by Moscow in the autumn of 2015.

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