Russian soldier dies in Syria in explosion of bomb planted by militants

Private Nikita Shevchenko was riding in a car escorted a column of trucks

A Russian contract soldier has died in Syria while escorting a column with food air for local residents as a result of explosion of an improvised bomb planted by the militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a report on July 22.

"Russian contract soldier, Private Nikita Shevchenko died while escorting a column of cars consigned by the Center for Reconciliation in the Syrian Arab Republic," the report said.

"He was riding in a car that escorted the column of trucks delivering foodstuffs and potable water to the local population," the ministry said adding that the operation was underway in Aleppo Governorate.

"While the column was entering a populated locality, an improvised explosive device the militants had planted by the roadside went off," it said.

Commanders have Private Nikita Shevchenko have put Private Shevchenko forward for a decoration posthumously.


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