A Russian colonel was killed in shelling conducted by Syrian armed rebels and targeted an Aleppo neighborhood, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement Wednesday.
"Col. Ruslan Galitsky died in the hospital as a result of a serious wound. Russian combat medics fought for his life for several days. The officer was wounded in a shelling of militants of the so-called opposition of a residential district of western Aleppo," read the statement.
Galitsky received a state award posthumously, the Russian ministry said.