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Italy: Monument to Russian officer killed in Palmyra unveiled in Vagli Sotto01:39

Italy: Monument to Russian officer killed in Palmyra unveiled in Vagli Sotto

Italy, Vagli Sotto
August 7, 2017 at 09:03 GMT -00:00 · Published

A two-metre (6.60 feet) monument honouring slain Russian special forces officer Alexander Prokhorenko was unveiled near the Italian town of Vagli Sotto on Sunday.

Russian and Italian authorities, reportedly including members of the Russian armed forces, were present at the inauguration of the statue.

Prokhorenko died in March 2016 in Palmyra, Syria, after ordering an airstrike on his own position, when he was surrounded by fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Russian President Vladimir Putin posthumously awarded Prokhorenko the nation's highest honourary title, the Hero of Russia.

Italy: Monument to Russian officer killed in Palmyra unveiled in Vagli Sotto01:39
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A two-metre (6.60 feet) monument honouring slain Russian special forces officer Alexander Prokhorenko was unveiled near the Italian town of Vagli Sotto on Sunday.

Russian and Italian authorities, reportedly including members of the Russian armed forces, were present at the inauguration of the statue.

Prokhorenko died in March 2016 in Palmyra, Syria, after ordering an airstrike on his own position, when he was surrounded by fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Russian President Vladimir Putin posthumously awarded Prokhorenko the nation's highest honourary title, the Hero of Russia.

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