Along with major General Peter Millinum killed four Russian soldiers.
In the Main military clinical Burdenko hospital yesterday officially confirmed that the 56th ICU is the head of Department of combat training of the headquarters of the Western military district, major-General Peter Melugin. It was brought from Syria with severe wounds that received in the detonation of radio-controlled bomb, planted by militants on the road from air base Ties in the city of HOMS. General Melugin became the most senior Russian military suffered during the Syrian campaign of the Russian Federation.
As told by several sources close to the military Department, the incident, which injured Peter Melugin happened February 16 in the province of HOMS. He almost spent two months in Syria, subordinate to the commander of the Russian troops, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov.
That day General Melugin along with five Russian servicemen were driving from the aerodrome Ties in the direction of the city of HOMS in the armored vehicle “Tiger” in the convoy. He had to assess the status and training of fighters of the Syrian army who participated in the clashes with radical Islamists, and to convey to them a new opening of the General staff of the armed forces. However, in 4 km from Tias “Tiger” was undermined with the help of a powerful radio-controlled bomb, planted by militants near the road, the convoy opened fire.
Four of the six people who were in the armored vehicle were killed: their names in the defense Ministry did not disclose, however, was fatally wounded the senior Sergeant Vadim Magamadov and marine Paul Kozachenko. They were buried on February 19, Yekaterinburg, and Penza, respectively.
General Melugin were seriously injured: he lost both legs, one of the shards knocked the eye. In a matter of hours he was evacuated by special forces on the base Hamim, where military medics throughout the week, fought for his life. Sources claim that in fact, the field they managed to stop the bleeding and stabilize him for transportation to the Moscow hospital named after Burdenko. Now, according to the assurances of the doctors, “a direct threat to his life is missing”.
Only the defense Ministry has officially recognized the deaths of 27 soldiers.
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