A Russian service member was reportedly killed during clashes with militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The Telegram news channel “Directorate 4” identified the service member as Warrant Officer Mikhail Klimensov of the Russian Armed Forces’ Special Forces.
Kilmensov was reportedly killed on January 14. On that day, the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, a militant coalition in Greater Idlib, claimed that it had foiled an infiltration attempt near the town of al-Enkawi in the al-Ghab Plains by Russian and Syrian special forces.
Al-Fateh al-Mubeen, however, didn’t report any casualties in the January 14 infiltration attempt. This raises some real doubts about Kilmensov’s death claims.
Russian and Syrian special forces conducted three raids in al-Ghab Plains on January 11, 14 and 15. Eleven militants were killed in the January 11 raid.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia is yet to comment on the claims of Kilmensov’s death. Usually, the MoD announces any human losses in Syria within a few days.
Russian troops are deployed on all frontlines around Greater Idlib, where they actively provide support for Syrian troops and conduct their own operations. The death of Kilmensov, if confirmed, will likely provoke a fierce response from the Russian Aerospace Forces.
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