Russian Defense Minister thanks Italians for monument to Russian officer killed in Syria

12.09.2017, Russia.

On September 11, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, sent a letter of appreciation to residents of the Italian city of Vagli Sotto for the monument honoring Alexander Prokhorenko, a senior lieutenant and the Hero of the Russian Federation, who died in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Defense Ministry states on its Facebook page.

On August 6, 2017, the monument was unveiled “in recognition of the merits of the Russian serviceman in the fight against terrorism“, in the city park of Vagli Sotto, which is known as the Park of Honor and Dishonor.

The sculpture of the Russian warrior is an addition to a pantheon of statutes in the Park of Honor and Dishonor. A monument to the Italian man, who died in Iraq in 2004, also personifies Honor. A caricature statue of Captain Francesco Schettino, who sunk the cruise liner Costa Concordia in 2012, represents the side of Dishonor.

Alexander Prokhorenko participated in Russia’s military operations in Syria. He perished in the Syrian Arab Republic in March 2016 fighting against militants of ISIL (an organization banned in the Russia) to recapture the city of Palmyra. Being surrounded by scores of militants, Alexander Prokhorenko called an airstrike on himself to destroy the enemy and avoid being captured. Alexander Prokhorenko was awarded the honorary title of a Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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