03:50 GMT03 March 2021
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    A Russian serviceman has died in a Moscow hospital from injuries received during a mission in Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    Junior sergeant Mikhail Shirokopoyas was critically wounded after an attack on a Russian-Syria reconciliation center column in Aleppo province last month. He died in a Moscow hospital on June 7 and has been decorated with the Order of Courage.

    The soldier has been buried in the Amur region.

    Russia launched airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria in September 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On March 14, Putin ordered to withdraw most of Russia's military contingent from Syria after objectives of the operation had been accomplished.

    Syria, Russia
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