Russian military advisor killed in Syria, says Defense Ministry

ussian military advisor has died in Syria in a gunfire opened by a militant sniper.

ussian military advisor has died in Syria in a gunfire opened by a militant sniper.

Mikhail Alayeddin / RIA Novosti
Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Buchelnikov was training Syrian armed unit

A Russian military advisor has died in Syria in a gunfire opened by a militant sniper at a unit of the Syrian Army, the Defense Ministry said, TASS reports.

"Militants' gunfire at a unit of Syrian troops has claimed the life of Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Buchelnikov," it said.

"Alexei Buchelnikov was delegated to Syria as a member of the group of Russian military advisors. He had a duty of training the personnel of a Syrian armed unit."

"When the training was in progress, the unit underwent fire by a militant sniper and Lt.-Col. Buchelnikov received a fatal wound," the report said. Defense Ministry officials also said Lt.-Col. Buchelnikov was recommenced for a state award posthumously.

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