MOSCOW – Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian soldier has died of wounds he suffered in Syria, the military's tenth casualty since the start of its campaign there.
The ministry said Thursday that Sgt. Mikhail Shirokopoyas died at a Moscow military hospital last week.
It said he died of wounds he received in early May in the shelling of a Russian convoy in the province of Aleppo. The ministry said the convoy belonged to the the Russian Center for Reconciliation, whose task is to help cement a Russian- and U.S.-brokered cease-fire.
The cease-fire, which took effect Feb. 27, has helped reduce hostilities, but fighting has continued in some areas, including Aleppo.
So far seven Russian servicemen have died from enemy fire in Syria, two in a helicopter crash and one by suicide.