Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Officer Dies in Aleppo

Hassan Ammar / AP

Russia's Defense Ministry has confirmed the death of one of its army officers in Aleppo on Wednesday. 

"[Colonel] Ruslan Galitsky was carrying out his mission in the Syrian Arab Republic as part of a group of Russian military advisers," the ministry said in an official statement to the Interfax news agency. 

Galitsky was  wounded during shelling by "militants of the so-called [Syrian] opposition" from western neighborhoods of Aleppo. Russian military physicians fought to save his life for several days, the ministry said.

According to the official statement, Galitsky will posthumously be awarded a medal for his service. 

On Monday, the Defense Ministry confirmed that two Russian female army medics had been killed in Aleppo after a mortar round struck their hospital.

Read more

The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before!

To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support.