Russian lieutenant-general killed in ISIS shelling in Syria

Lieutenant General Valery Asapov, of the Russian armed forces, has been killed in shelling from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants near Deir ez-Zor in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.

Lt. Gen. Asapov is the commander of the 5th Combined Arms Army. According to initial unconfirmed reports, his interpreter and 2 Army colonels were also killed in the mortar fire.

In its statement, the ministry said that Asapov was at a command outpost manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor. Asapov has been described as one of the senior Russian military advisers in Syria.

“As a result of a sudden mortar shelling by IS militants, Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov was fatally wounded by an exploding shell,” the MoD said.

In recognition of his services, Lieutenant-General Asapov is to be presented with a state decoration posthumously.

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