On June 19, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that on June 15, "Sergeant Andrey Leonidovich Timoshenkov stopped a car rigged with explosives by opening fire at it with small arms."
According to the Ministry, "Andrey was mortally wounded in the explosion of the vehicle driven by a suicide bomber."
The Ministry added that the doctors at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province fought for Timoshenkov's life for over 24 hours, but he passed away on Thursday, June 16.
The command presented Sergeant Timoshenkov with a posthumous state award.
Russian media said that the deceased serviceman was a marine from Russia's exclave Kaliningrad Region. He was 29.