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Russian Armed Forces casualties in Syria

The Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War started on 30 September 2015, with 4,000 Russian military personnel being stationed in Syria.[1] The Russian forces also consisted of 25 strategic bombers,[2] 20 tactical bombers,[3] 12 attack bombers,[4] 8 fighter aircraft,[5][6] 16 attack helicopters[7][8] and various other aircraft.

As of 23 February 2019, there have been 116 officially confirmed Russian Armed Forces fatalities in the war.[9] Also, two investigative groups, Fontanka and the Moscow-based Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), reported a conservative estimate of at least 73–101 private military contractors (PMCs) being killed between October 2015 and mid-December 2017,[10] 40–60 of whom died during the first several months of 2017, according to Fontanka.[11] The founder of CIT stated the PMCs' death toll was at least 100–200,[12] while another CIT blogger said at least 150 were killed and more than 900 were wounded.[13] They belonged to the Russian company "Wagner".[10] One more PMC was killed in late December 2017.[14] In addition, at least 25 fighters have been killed that were possibly regular military, but their status has not been officially confirmed.[15]

List of fatalitiesEdit

ConfirmedEdit

The following is a list of the fatal casualties among the regular Russian Armed Forces:

Date of death Name Rank Age Branch Cause of death Location of death
1 October 2015 Edward Sokurov Sergeant 29 346th Special Purpose Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[16][17]
24 October 2015 Vadim Kostenko Private 19 Russian Air Force Non-hostile (suicide) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[18][19]
19 November 2015 Maxim Sorochenko Captain 31 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[20][21]
19 November 2015 Fyodor Zhuravlyov Captain 27 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[22][23]
24 November 2015 Oleg Peshkov [ru] Lieutenant colonel 45 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Syria–Turkey border, Latakia Governorate[24]
24 November 2015 Alexander Pozynich Seaman 29 Russian Marines Hostile fire (shootdown) Syria–Turkey border, Latakia Governorate[25]
1 February 2016 Ivan Cheremisin Lieutenant colonel N/A Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (mortar attack) Latakia Governorate[23][26]
17 March 2016 Alexander Prokhorenko Senior lieutenant 25 Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (air-strike) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[27][28]
12 April 2016 Andrey Okladnikov Commander N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) Homs, Homs Governorate[29]
12 April 2016 Viktor Pankov N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) Homs, Homs Governorate[29]
7 May 2016 Anton Yerygin Sergeant 31 International Mine Action Center [ru] Hostile fire (sniper fire) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[30][31]
24 May 2016 Asker Bizhoev N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (shelling) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[32]
3 June 2016 Marat Akhmetshin [ru] Captain 35 9th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, 3rd Motor Rifle Division Hostile fire Palmyra, Homs Governorate[33][34]
7 June 2016 Mikhail Shirokopoyas Junior sergeant 35 35th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Moscow, Russia (wounds from Aleppo Governorate)[35][36]
9 June 2016 Oleg Arhireev Captain 28 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (landmine) N/A[20][21]
14 June 2016 Sergei Pechalnov Senior lieutenant 28 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (landmine) Moscow, Russia (wounds from 9 June 2016, in Syria)[20][37]
16 June 2016 Andrey Timoshenkov Sergeant N/A Russian Marines Hostile fire (suicide car-bomb) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate
(wounds from Homs Governorate)[38]
8 July 2016 Evgeny Dolgin Lieutenant 24 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[39]
8 July 2016 Ryafagat Khabibulin [ru] Colonel 50/51 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[39][40]
22 July 2016 Nikita Shevchenko Private N/A N/A Hostile fire (Improvised explosive device) Aleppo Governorate[41]
1 August 2016 Roman Pavlov Captain 33 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[42][43][44][45]
1 August 2016 Oleg Shelamov Senior lieutenant 29 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[42][43][44][45]
1 August 2016 Pavel Shorohov Captain 41 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[42][43][44][45]
1 August 2016 N/A N/A N/A Russian Center for Reconciliation Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[42][44]
1 August 2016 N/A N/A N/A Russian Center for Reconciliation Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[42][44]
7 September 2016 Zakharchenkov Evgeny Junior sergeant 28 14th Special Purpose Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[46][47]
22 September 2016 Igor Chernyshov Major 32 Federal Security Service Hostile fire N/A[48][47]
5 December 2016 Nadezhda Durachenko Sergeant 40 (around) Ministry of Defence's special medical unit Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[49][50][51]
5 December 2016 Galina Mikhaylova Sergeant 40 (around) Ministry of Defence's special medical unit Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[49][50][51]
7 December 2016 Ruslan Galitsky [ru] Colonel N/A 5th Guards Tank Brigade, 36th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[49]
16 February 2017 Pavel Kozachenkov Major 31 Russian Marines Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[52][53][54]
16 February 2017 Vadim Magamurov Senior lieutenant 31 Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[52][55][56]
16 February 2017 Sergey Senin Lieutenant colonel 43 N/A Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[52][57][58]
16 February 2017 Andrei Zekunov Colonel 44 152nd Separate Guards Missile Brigade, Russian Marines Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[52][57][59]
2 March 2017 Artyom Gorbunov Private 24 96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade, 1st Guards Tank Army Hostile fire near Palmyra, Homs Governorate[60][61]
9 April 2017 Alexei Goncharenko N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[62][63]
9 April 2017 Igor Zavidny N/A 34 N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[64][62][63]
18 April 2017 Sergey Bordov Major N/A Russian Marines Hostile fire Hama Governorate[65][66][67]
27 April 2017 Alexei Chugunov Junior sergeant 39 14th Special Purpose Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) N/A[47][68]
27 April 2017 Bogdan Derevitsky Junior sergeant 24 14th Special Purpose Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) N/A[33][69][68]
2 May 2017 Alexei Buchelnikov Lieutenant colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (sniper fire) N/A[70]
10 July 2017 Nikolay Afanasov Captain 33 N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[71][72]
2 August 2017 Kurban Kasumov Captain 31 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate or Raqqa Governorate[73][74][47]
3 August 2017 Valery Emdyukov N/A 30 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) N/A[75][76][47]
4 September 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[77]
4 September 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[77]
19 September 2017 Alexei Goynyak Major 33 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[78]
22 September 2017 Alexei Kolganov Senior sergeant N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[47][68]
23 September 2017 Valery Asapov Lieutenant general 51 5th Army Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[79][80]
30 September 2017 Valery Fedyanin Colonel N/A 61st Naval Infantry Brigade Hostile fire (mortar attack) Moscow, Russia (wounds from Hama or Deir ez-Zor Governorate)[81][82]
10 October 2017 Yuri Kopylov Captain 42 Russian Air Force Non-hostile (plane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[83][84]
10 October 2017 Yuri Medvedkov Captain N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (plane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[83][84]
31 December 2017 Renat Gimadiev N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) 15 km from Hama Military Airport, Hama Governorate[85]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) 15 km from Hama Military Airport, Hama Governorate[85]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Khmeimim air base, Latakia Governorate[86][68]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Khmeimim air base, Latakia Governorate[86]
3 February 2018 Roman Filipov Major 33 37th Mixed Aviation Regiment, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[87][88]
6 March 2018 Vladimir Eremeev Major general N/A 27th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade Non-hostile (airplane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[89]
6 March 2018 38 other deaths
(see list of 36 names here [1])
1 Colonel, 6 Majors,
2 Captains, 29 Junior
Officers and Sergeants[90]
N/A N/A Non-hostile (airplane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[91]
3 May 2018 Albert Davidyan Captain Mayor N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (airplane crash) Mediterranean Sea near Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[92][93]
3 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (airplane crash) Mediterranean Sea near Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[92]
6 May 2018 Nikolay Gushchin Lieutenant Colonel 39 18th Army Aviation Brigade Non-hostile (helicopter crash) eastern Syria[94][95]
6 May 2018 Roman Miroshnichenko Lieutenant 24 18th Army Aviation Brigade Non-hostile (helicopter crash) eastern Syria[94][95]
13 May 2018 Igor Melyantsev Colonel 53 Special Operations Forces Non-hostile (Heart attack) N/A[96][47]
23 May 2018 Kirill Polischuk N/A 25 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[97][98][99]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[97][98]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[97][98]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[97][98]
2 July 2018 Igor Melyantsev Colonel 53 Special Operations Forces Non-hostile (Heart attack) N/A[100][47]
17 September 2018 15 servicemen N/A N/A N/A Friendly fire (shootdown) Mediterranean Sea, near Latakia Governorate[101]
31 January 2019 Maxim Pletnev Sergeant 24 Russian Airborne Troops Hostile fire near Massasneh, Hama Governorate[102][103][47]
23 February 2019 Suhrob Karimov Major 35 38th Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade, 35th Combined Arms Army Hostile fire near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[104][105][106]
23 February 2019 Albert Omarov Colonel N/A 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[106][104][107]
23 February 2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[106][104]

Status unclearEdit

The following is a list of fatal casualties among those that were possibly regular military, but were not officially confirmed.[15]

Date of death Name Rank Age Branch Cause of death Location of death
19 June 2016 Vladimir Bekish Colonel 42 5th Guards Tank Brigade, 36th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo Governorate[108]
8 December 2016 Sanal Sanchirov Major 37 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade Hostile fire (mortar attack) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[109][110]
5 February 2017 Igor Vorona Lieutenant colonel 37 N/A Hostile fire N/A[111][112]
February–March 2017 Sergei Travin N/A 40+ N/A Hostile fire N/A[111][112]
8 April 2017 Gennady Perfilyev Lieutenant colonel 51 N/A Hostile fire N/A
18 April 2017 N/A N/A N/A Russian Marines Hostile fire Hama Governorate[65][66]
3 May 2017 Evgeny Konstantinov Captain 32 N/A Hostile fire Hama Governorate[113][63]
3 May 2017 Alexander Skladan Major 37 N/A Hostile fire Hama Governorate[113][63]
June 2017 Kalandarov N. D. Ensign N/A 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[114]
16 September 2017 Rustem Abzalov Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[115][116]
16 September 2017 Vladimir Tarasyuk N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[116]
16 September 2017 N/A General N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[116]
23 September 2017 N/A Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[80]
23 September 2017 N/A Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[80]
18–23 September 2017 Magomed Terbulatov N/A N/A Chechen military police Hostile fire possibly Idlib Governorate[117][118][119]
September 2017 Yuri Khabarov N/A 40 N/A Hostile fire N/A[117][118]
October 2017 Mark Neymark N/A 25 Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (landmine) N/A[120]
1 March 2018 Alexander Solopov N/A 22 291st Artillery Brigade, 58th Army Hostile fire Eastern Ghouta[121]
Early March 2018 Vladimir Ponomarev N/A N/A 291st Artillery Brigade, 58th Army Hostile fire N/A[122]
2 November 2018 Andranik Arustamyan Junior sergeant 28 21st Guards Motor Rifle Brigade Friendly fire (anti-tank mine) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[123]

Out-of-country deaths related to the OperationEdit

On 25 December 2016, a Russian military Tupolev Tu-154 with 92 people on board crashed in the Black Sea during a flight from Sochi International Airport, Russia to Khmeimim, Syria. There were no survivors.[124] Among those killed were: 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir, nine journalists, eight crew members, eight other passenger soldiers, two federal civil servants and a prominent Russian humanitarian worker.[125]

See alsoEdit

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