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Russian officer killed near Palmyra awarded Hero of Russia title

April 11, 18:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW April, 11. /TASS
Aleksandr Prokhorenko was killed on March 17, 2016 while directing the strikes of Russian planes in the area of Tadmor, Homs province, Syria
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to award the Hero of Russia title to Senior Lieutenant Aleksandr Prokhorenko (posthumously) for courage and heroism displayed in performing his military duty, the Kremlin’s press-service has said.

Prokhorenko was killed on March 17, 2016 while directing the strikes of Russian planes in the area of Tadmur, Homs province, Syria. When surrounded by Islamic State militants, he requested friendly fire.

Prokhorenko was born to a working class family in the Orenburg Region on June 22, 1990.

In 2007 he graduated from a secondary school with honors (silver medal) and applied for and was admitted to the Orenburg Higher Air Defense Missile Academy. In 2008, when the Academy was closed, he was transferred to the Academy of Ground Troops Air Defense Academy of the Russian Armed forces. Graduated with top honors. His latest position was in the Special Operations Force. Participated in the Russian military operation in Syria. The Orenburg authorities have made a decision to give his name to a city street.

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