A Russian soldier being hailed as “Russian Rambo” will likely be given the Hero of Russia Award, the nation’s highest honor.
What he did to earn it should gain the respect from everyone in the fight against ISIS.
The soldier revealed to have been 25-year-old Alexander Prokhorenko was surrounded by ISIS militants in Syria. Out of ammo, and with help still minutes away, he called in an airstrike — on himself.
Via The Daily Mail:
A Russian soldier has died a ‘hero’ after wiping out a band of ISIS fighters by calling in airstrikes on himself.
The special forces officer was on a one-man mission to track down ISIS militants in the area around Palmyra, when he found himself surrounded by enemy fighters.
Caught in a hopeless situation, he directed Russian aircraft to bomb his location, killing himself and the ISIS fighters that surrounded him.
You can read the chilling transcript of him ordering the airstrike here. Here is the end of it:
Officer: I cant command, I am surrounded, they are outside, I don’t want them to take me and parade me, conduct the airstrike, they will make a mockery of me and this uniform. I want to die with dignity and take all these bastards with me. please my last wish, conduct the airstrike, they will kill me either way.Command: please confirm your request.
Officer: They out outside, this is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer. Please take care of my family, avenge my death, good bye commander, tell my family I love them.Command: No response, orders the airstrike.
Unlike those he was fighting, he didn’t need the false promise of 72 virgins to die for his cause.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]