A Russian citizen, Aleksandr Dudchenko, has been killed by a mortar shelling in Syria’s northern Latakia, according to reports in Russian media outlets.
The incident allegedly took place near the town of Kinsaba, where Dudchenko came under fire from the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation.
Media says that Dudchenko was a former servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV). There is no official data how Dudchenko came to Syria and with what purpose. However, local sources say that he was among Russian private military contractors that operate in the country.