Last week, we were all inspired by what we called the most badass story of the year – a Russian soldier calling an airstrike on himself after he was surrounded by ISIS to ensure that he took a bunch of the bastards out with him. A true hero and ultimate badass.
The soldier has now been identified as 25 year old Alexander Prokhorenko and is being hailed as a hero in his native Russia. Unfortunately it’s also being reported that he left behind a pregnant wife named Ekaterina. I doubt it’s any consolation that his child will grow up knowing that his father died a hero when you have to think that it’ll also have to grow up without ever knowing him as well.
Perhaps even sadder is the fact that Prokhorenko said that his wedding day was the happiest of his life and that he looked forward to spending the rest of his life with Ekaterina. He also spoke of his dreams of serving his country in the Russian army, so I suppose there’s some respite in the fact that he couldn’t really have died doing a better job for them than he did. RIP.
In case you missed what happened, here’s what a Russian military spokesman said about the incident:
An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets.
The officer was carrying out a combat task in Palmyra area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes.
The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists.
What an absolute warrior. Almost as badass as the Iraqi father who took out 7 ISIS soldiers by himself to get revenge for his executed son.