Russian soldier killed by Syrian rebels

May 11, 2016  

A Russian soldier has died in Syria after coming under fire from rebels in Homs province, a representative of Russia’s Hmeimim air base told Russian news agencies on Wednesday.

The soldier, named as Anton Yerygin, “sustained serious injuries after coming under fire by rebels while escorting vehicles of the Russian coordination center mediating between the warring sides”, the unnamed official told Interfax news agency.

Yergyin died after doctors fought for his life for two days at the military hospital where he was taken shortly after the assault, the official added. He did not specify however when the assault had taken place, or when exactly the soldier died.

The soldier will be decorated with a posthumous medal, the official said.

The death came after the body of a Russian Special Forces officer killed in late March close to Palmyra was flown back to his home town on May 5 in a full military ceremony.

Russia said Tuesday it had delivered bread to parts of Homs province and extended the ceasefire to one more area of the battered region.

The announcement of the latest casualty also came hours before the expiry at midnight of Wednesday of a Russian and US-brokered ceasefire in Aleppo.

Regime forces and rebels in the battleground city have already agreed to extend the truce twice.

The fighting comes as world powers prepare to meet in Vienna next week to try to revive peace talks aimed at ending a five-year conflict that has killed more than 270,000 people.

AFP contributed to this article

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