Russian Armed Forces casualties in Syria

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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 27 May 2018, there have been 93 officially confirmed Russian Armed Forces fatalities in the war.[9][10][11][12] 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,[13] 40–60 of which died during the first several months of 2017, according to Fontanka.[14] The founder of CIT stated the PMCs' death toll was at least 100–200,[15] while another CIT blogger said at least 150 were killed and more than 900 were wounded.[16] They belonged to the Russian company "Wagner".[13] One more PMC was killed in late December 2017.[17] In addition, at least 25 fighters have been killed that were possibly regular military, but their status has not been officially confirmed.[18]

List of fatalities[edit]

Confirmed[edit]

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
24 October 2015 Vadim Kostenko Private 19 Russian Air Force Non-hostile (suicide) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[19][20]
19 November 2015 Fyodor Zhuravlyov Captain 27 Special Operations Forces Hostile fire N/A[21][22]
24 November 2015 Oleg Peshkov (ru) Lieutenant colonel 45 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Syria–Turkey border, Latakia Governorate[23]
24 November 2015 Alexander Pozynich Seaman 29 Russian Marines Hostile fire (shootdown) Syria–Turkey border, Latakia Governorate[24]
1 February 2016 Ivan Cheremisin Lieutenant colonel N/A Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (mortar attack) Latakia Governorate[22][25]
17 March 2016 Alexander Prokhorenko Senior lieutenant 25 Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (air-strike) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[26][27]
12 April 2016 Andrey Okladnikov Commander N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) Homs, Homs Governorate[28]
12 April 2016 Viktor Pankov N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) Homs, Homs Governorate[28]
7 May 2016 Anton Yerygin Sergeant 31 International Mine Action Center (ru) Hostile fire (sniper fire) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[29][30]
24 May 2016 Asker Bizhoev N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (shelling) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[31]
3 June 2016 Marat Akhmetshin (ru) Captain 35 9th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, 3rd Motor Rifle Division Hostile fire Palmyra, Homs Governorate[32][33]
7 June 2016 Mikhail Shirokopoyas Junior sergeant 35 35th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Moscow, Russia (wounds from Aleppo Governorate)[34][35]
16 June 2016 Andrey Timoshenkov Sergeant N/A Russian Marines Hostile fire (suicide car-bomb) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate
(wounds from Homs Governorate)[36]
8 July 2016 Evgeny Dolgin Lieutenant 24 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[37]
8 July 2016 Ryafagat Khabibulin (ru) Colonel 50/51 Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[37][38]
22 July 2016 Nikita Shevchenko Private N/A N/A Hostile fire (Improvised explosive device) Aleppo Governorate[39]
1 August 2016 Roman Pavlov Captain 33 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[40][41][42][43]
1 August 2016 Oleg Shelamov Senior lieutenant 29 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[40][41][42][43]
1 August 2016 Pavel Shorohov Captain 41 92nd Helicopter Squadron, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[40][41][42][43]
1 August 2016 N/A N/A N/A Russian Center for Reconciliation Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[40][42]
1 August 2016 N/A N/A N/A Russian Center for Reconciliation Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[40][42]
5 December 2016 Nadezhda Durachenko Sergeant 40 (around) Ministry of Defence's special medical unit Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[44][45][46]
5 December 2016 Galina Mikhaylova Sergeant 40 (around) Ministry of Defence's special medical unit Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[44][45][46]
7 December 2016 Ruslan Galitsky (ru) Colonel N/A 5th Guards Tank Brigade, 36th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate[44]
16 February 2017 Pavel Kozachenkov Major 31 Russian Marines Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[47][48][49]
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)[47][50][51]
16 February 2017 Alexey Veselov N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[47][52]
16 February 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (improvised explosive device) Tiyas Military Airbase, Homs Governorate (four kilometers west)[47]
2 March 2017 Artyom Gorbunov Private 24 96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade, 1st Guards Tank Army Hostile fire near Palmyra, Homs Governorate[53][54]
9 April 2017 Igor Zavidny N/A 34 N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[55][56][57]
9 April 2017 Alexei Goncharenko N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[56][57]
18 April 2017 Sergey Bordov Major N/A Russian Marines Hostile fire Hama Governorate[58][59][60]
2 May 2017 Alexei Buchelnikov Lieutenant colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (sniper fire) N/A[61]
May 2017 Bogdan Derevitsky N/A 24 14th Special Operations Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[32][62]
10 July 2017 Nikolay Afanasov Captain 33 N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate[63][64]
4 September 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[65]
4 September 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[65]
23 September 2017 Valery Asapov Lieutenant general 51 5th Army Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[66][67]
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)[68][69]
10 October 2017 Yuri Kopylov Captain 42 Russian Air Force Non-hostile (plane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[70][71]
10 October 2017 Yuri Medvedkov Captain N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (plane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[70][71]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) 15 km from Hama Military Airport, Hama Governorate[72]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (helicopter crash) 15 km from Hama Military Airport, Hama Governorate[72]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Khmeimim air base, Latakia Governorate[73]
31 December 2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Khmeimim air base, Latakia Governorate[73]
3 February 2018 Roman Filipov Major 33 37th Mixed Aviation Regiment, Russian Air Force Hostile fire (shootdown) Idlib Governorate[74][75]
6 March 2018 Vladimir Eremeev Major general N/A 27th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade Non-hostile (airplane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[76]
6 March 2018 38 other deaths
(see list of 30 names here [1])
1 Colonel, 6 Majors,
2 Captains, 29 Junior
Officers and Sergeants[77]
N/A N/A Non-hostile (airplane crash) Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[78]
3 May 2018 Albert Davidyan Captain Mayor N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (airplane crash) Mediterranean Sea near Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[10][79]
3 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A Russian Air Force Non-hostile (airplane crash) Mediterranean Sea near Khmeimim airbase, Latakia Governorate[10]
6 May 2018 Nikolay Gushchin Lieutenant Colonel 39 18th Army Aviation Brigade Non-hostile (helicopter crash) eastern Syria[11][80]
6 May 2018 Roman Miroshnichenko Lieutenant 24 18th Army Aviation Brigade Non-hostile (helicopter crash) eastern Syria[11][80]
23 May 2018 Kirill Polischuk N/A 25 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[12][81][82]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[12][81]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[12][81]
23 May 2018 N/A N/A N/A 200th Artillery Brigade, 29th Army Hostile fire (shelling) near Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor Governorate[12][81]

Status unclear[edit]

The following is a list of fatal casualties among those that were possibly regular military, but were not officially confirmed.[18]

Date of death Name Rank Age Branch Cause of death Location of death
1 October 2015 Edward Sokurov Sergeant 29 346th Special Operations Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[83][84]
19 November 2015 Maxim Sorochenko N/A N/A Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[85]
6 June 2016 Oleg Arhireev N/A N/A Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (landmine) N/A[85]
14 June 2016 Sergei Pechalnov Senior lieutenant 28 Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (landmine) Moscow, Russia (wounds from 9 June 2016, in Syria)[85]
19 June 2016 Vladimir Bekish Colonel 42 5th Guards Tank Brigade, 36th Army Hostile fire (shelling) Aleppo Governorate[86]
8 December 2016 Sanal Sanchirov Major 37 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade Hostile fire (mortar attack) Palmyra, Homs Governorate[87][88]
5 February 2017 Igor Vorona Lieutenant colonel 37 N/A Hostile fire N/A[89][90]
February–March 2017 Sergei Travin N/A 40+ N/A Hostile fire N/A[89][90]
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[58][59]
3 May 2017 Evgeny Konstantinov Captain 32 N/A Hostile fire Hama Governorate[91][57]
3 May 2017 Alexander Skladan Major 37 N/A Hostile fire Hama Governorate[91][57]
June 2017 Kalandarov N. D. Ensign N/A 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire N/A[92]
2 August 2017 Kurban Kasumov Captain 31 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) Hama Governorate or Raqqa Governorate[93][94]
3 August 2017 Valery Emdyukov N/A 30 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade, Spetsnaz GRU Hostile fire (mortar attack) N/A[95][96]
16 September 2017 Rustem Abzalov Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[97][98]
16 September 2017 Vladimir Tarasyuk N/A N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[98]
16 September 2017 N/A General N/A N/A Hostile fire N/A[98]
23 September 2017 N/A Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[67]
23 September 2017 N/A Colonel N/A N/A Hostile fire (mortar attack) Deir ez-Zor Governorate[67]
18–23 September 2017 Magomed Terbulatov N/A N/A Chechen military police Hostile fire possibly Idlib Governorate[99][100][101]
September 2017 Yuri Khabarov N/A 40 N/A Hostile fire N/A[99][100]
October 2017 Mark Neymark N/A 25 Special Operations Forces Hostile fire (landmine) N/A[102]
1 March 2018 Alexander Solopov N/A 22 291st Artillery Brigade, 58th Army Hostile fire Eastern Ghouta[103]
Early March 2018 Vladimir Ponomarev N/A N/A 291st Artillery Brigade, 58th Army Hostile fire N/A[104]

Out-of-country deaths related to the Operation[edit]

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.[105] 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.[106]

See also[edit]

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