Russian MoD Confirms 1 Marine Dead in Clashes in Syria

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Russian MoD Confirms 1 Marine Dead in Clashes in Syria

File Photo: Russian army soldiers patrol the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on May 5, 2016 © Vasily Maximov / AFP

Russia’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed that one Russian soldier has died in clashes in Syria. The Russian MoD says he prevented a car packed with explosives from reaching the humanitarian aid distribution point in the province of Homs:

“Sergeant Andrey Timoshenkov, who was escorting a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Reconciliation Center, has stopped a car rigged with explosives by opening fire at it with small arms. Andrey received injuries incompatible with life in the explosion of the vehicle driven by a suicide bomber,” the ministry said.

Timoshenkov passed away on Thursday, June 16 at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Latakia province. The Russian MoD has presented Sergeant Timoshenkov with a posthumous state award.

The Russian MoD has not released any information about 4 more Russian marines that had been alledgedly injured with Andrey Timoshenkov in the clashes near Palmyra.

We remember, on June 19, SouthFront reported that 1 Russian marine died from shrapnel wounds and 4 others were injured during clashes in Syria, according to sources among Timoshenkov’s friend and relatives.

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