Russian Yuri Khabarov has been killed in Syria, as reported by a group of independent investigators Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), with a reference to a post by a friend of the killed soldier in VKontakte social network.
It is not known whether the soldier who died in Syria had a contract with the Russian army or was a mercenary with a private military campaign, reports CIT. The death of Khabarov in Syria was reported on the social network by user Pavel Dodonov.
Dodonov called Khabarov “a fighting friend from Yaroslavl.” According to him, his call sign was “Dragon.”
CIT also cited a Twitter post by user Necro Mancer, who reported the death of Khabarov. The post refers to Khabarov’s profile on the Ukrainian website Myrotvorets, where he is called a “Russian mercenary.” The same photos were posted on Peacemaker as Myrotvorets and Yuri Khabarov posted on VKontakte. On Khabarov’s profile, it says that his home city is Yaroslavl. He was born on July 10, 1977.
The day before, news site Kavkaz.Realii reported the death in Syria of Magomed Terbulatov, an employee of the Chechen Interior Ministry. He was buried on September 25 in his native village of Predgorny in the Nadterechny district of Chechnya, a source in the district administration said. According to him, Terbulatov was seriously injured during an armed conflict.
According to Kavkaz.Realii, Terbulatov was part of a battalion which was sent from Chechnya to Syria in December 2016.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported on September 20 that three Russian servicemen were wounded in Syria when rebels of the Jabhat-al-Nusra terrorist organization attacked. Their names were not released.
In Syria, on September 24, Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov, who was a commander in the militia of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), died as a result of mortar shelling by ISIS. Sources from the radio station Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks) said that two colonels were killed along with him. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed only the death of Asapov.