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The Russian Special Forces officer who was killed during the operation to liberate Palmyra from the Daesh terrorist group has been named as 25-year-old Alexander Prokhorenko, who ordered air forces to strike his position after he was discovered by Daesh terrorists.
It is believed President Vladimir Putin will personally present his his family with a posthumous Hero of Russia award, the country's highest honour.
He was ordered to move to safety before the air strike but told his commander he couldn't escape the area, before adding: "Conduct the airstrike now, please hurry."
He went on to say: "I am surrounded, they are outside, I don’t want them to take me and parade me, conduct the airstrike, they will make a mockery of me and this uniform.
"I want to die with dignity and take all these bastards with me. please my last wish, conduct the airstrike, they will kill me either way."
In his last communication he said: "This is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer.
"Please take care of my family, avenge my death, goodbye commander, tell my family I love them."