first published on April 3, 2016 by Josh
The transcript of a Russian Special Forces operative’s last radio transmission before calling an airstrike on himself has been released.
Alexander Prokhorenko was a Russian air controller guiding air attacks onto Daesh positions near the village of Palmyra, Syria. After being compromised by Islamic State fighters, he fought desperately while waiting for an evacuation.
Below is the alleged transcript of radio transmissions that were released by the family of Prokhorenko to the webpage world in war. At this time, it has not been verified by any official sources.
Officer: command I am compromised, repeat I am compromised.
Command: please repeat and confirm
Officer: They have spotted me, there are shooting everywhere, i am pinned, request evacuation immediately
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
Command: No response, orders the airstrike
Translated from Russian to English.