Body of Russian officer killed in Palmyra brought back to Russia

Sr. Lt. Alexander Prokhorenko killed during a combat mission in Syria

Repatriating the body of Hero of Russia Sr. Lt. Alexander Prokhorenko, killed during a combat mission in Syria, was a matter of honor for the Russian Defense Ministry, the ministry said in a report, adding that Prokhorenko's body had been held by terrorists.

"As a result of joint special operations involving representatives of the Syrian authorities and the Kurdish militia, the officer's body was transported to Moscow," it said.

The Defense Ministry's medical institution has already completed Prokhorenko's DNA identification testing, it said.

A funeral ceremony for Prokhorenko, who will be buried with full military honors, will be held in coordination with his relatives, the ministry said.

Prokhorenko served at the Russian Armed Forces' special operations forces. He took part in Russia's military operation in Syria and was killed on March 17, 2016, when directing Russian combat airplanes' strikes near the town of Tadmur (Palmyra). After being encircled by militants from the Islamic State group, the officer drew their fire upon himself.

Russian President Vladimir Putin posthumously awarded Prokhorenko with the Hero of Russia title for his courage and heroism demonstrating when performing his military duty.

A street in the city of Orenburg will be named after Prokhorenko.

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