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 the green line.”

Prokhorenko: “Unable 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 guys with me. Please. My last wish. Conduct the airstrike. They will kill me either way.”

Command: “Please confirm your request.”

Prokhorenko : “They are 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]

Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko was killed in action while acting as a forward tactical air controller. His job was to identify targets and call in airstrikes. He was killed during the fierce fighting that led to Syrian government forces ejecting ISIS from the historic city of Palmyra.
Prokhorenko was 25