PALMYRA, SYRIA — A transcript of the final communications between soldier Alexander Prokhorenko and Russian Special Forces has been released, detailing the final moments before his called in his own death, trapped in ISIS territory.
Prokhorenko was stationed near Palmyra, Syria, in charge of directing airstrikes on ISIS targets. Alone, he suddenly realized he was dangerously low on ammunition and surrounded by terrorists, with no possible escape route. He radioed his commander to communicate his dire situation, and instructed him to go ahead with airstrikes, taking out ISIS jihadists along with his own life in the resulting attack.
According to the transcript, Prokhorenko’s words were “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.”
His commander refused, ordering Prokhorenko to get to safety before any such command would be ordered. The brave Prokhorenko told him “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.”
His commander acknowledged his plight, ordering in the airstrikes, and sealing Prokhorenko’s fate.
In his final transmission, he thanked his commander, said he had “the best wife in the world,” and was serving the nation he loved. His wife, Ekaterina, was reportedly unaware that her husband was even serving in Syria. They’d been married only 18 months, and reports indicate they were expecting their first child.
Video and Transcript below:
Transcript (from Tribunist)
Officer: command I am compromised, repeat I am compromised.
Command : please repeat and confirm
Command : evacuation request acknowledged
Officer: please hurry I am low on ammo, they seem to everywhere, I can’t hold them for too long please hurry
Command : Confirmed, hold them off, continue return of fire, go to safe position, air support is monitoring, state coordinates
Officer: gives coordinates which are blurred in the translation
Command : command repeats coordinates which are blurred. Confirm
Officer: confirmed, please hurry I am low on ammo, they are surroundig me, bastards
Command : 12 minutes until evacuation, return to safe line, I repeat return to safe line
Officer: They are close, I am surrounded, this may be the end, tell my family I love them dearly
Command : return to green line, continue return of fire, help is on the way, followed by air support
Officer: negative, I am surrounded, they are so many of these bastards
Command : 10 minutes, return to green line
Officer: I can’t they have surrounded me and are closing in, please hurry
Command : move to green line, repeat move to green line
Officer: They are outside, conduct the airstrike now please hurry, this is the end, tell my family I love them and i died fighting for my motherland.
Command : Negative return to green line
Officer: I cant command, 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.
Command : please confirm your request
Officer: They out outside, 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, good bye commander, tell my family I love them.