Fresh photos appeared online showing Russia’s Lieutenant General Valery Asapov at a frontline on the western bank of the Euphrates near Deir Ezzor city.
On September 24, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the general died after sustaining a “fatal injury” in the ISIS shelling near Deir Ezzor.
Most likely the photos were taken some time before the incident. According to reports, Asapov was a commander of Russian task forces in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor.
On September 25, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov accused the United States of the death of Asapov. Ryabkov said that the tragedy is a direct result of the US two-faced policy in Syria.