Russian military adviser Major Sergei Bordov was killed during a rebel attack on a Syrian Army garrison according to Russian sources.
Bordov reportedly prevented opposition fighters from entering the facility at the cost of his life, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
“In Syria, Russian military adviser Major Sergei Bordov was killed as a result of a militant attack. The serviceman was a member of a unit training Syrian troops,” it read.
The ministry underscored that the officer organized the defense of Syrian soldiers and prevented a rebel ‘breakthrough’ into the inhabited area.
“During the fight, the officer sustained critical wounds. Major Sergei Bodrov was granted a state decoration posthumously,” it added.
The ministry also disproved a Reuters report about two Russian servicemen allegedly recently killed in Syria.