WASHINGTON, DC – Russian Special Forces officer Alexander Prokhorenko was killed last month after he called in an air strike on his own position.
Prokhorenko was surrounded by ISIS fighters while he was conducting a target designation mission near the Syrian city of Palmyra.
Here is the translated transcript of his final moments:
Prokhorenko: Command I am compromised. Repeat, I am compromised.
Command: Please repeat and confirm.
Prokhorenko: They have spotted me. There is shooting everywhere. I am pinned. Request evacuation immediately.
Command: Evacuation request acknowledged.
Prokhorenko: Please hurry. I am low on ammo. They seem to be 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.
Prokhorenko: [Gives coordinates which are blurred in the translation]
Command: [Command repeats coordinates which are blurred] Confirm.
Prokhorenko: Confirmed, please hurry I am low on ammo. They are surrounding me! Bastards.
Command: 12 minutes until evacuation. Return to safe line. I repeat, return to safe line.
Prokhorenko: They are close, I am surrounded, this may be the end. Rell my family I love them dearly.
Command: Return to green line. Continue return of fire, help is on the way, followed by air support.
Prokhorenko: Negative. I am surrounded. There are so many of these bastards
Command: Ten minutes. Return to green line!
Prokhorenko: I can’t. They have surrounded me and are closing in. Please hurry!
Command: Move to green line, repeat move to green line.
Prokhorenko: 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!
Prokhorenko: I cant, command. I am surrounded. They are outside. I don’t want them to take me and parade me. Conduct the airstrike, or 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.
Prokhorenko: 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. Goodbye, commander. Tell my family I love them.
Command: [No response, orders the airstrike]