Russian military adviser Ruslan Galitskiy who was killed in Syria was the Commander of the 5th Guards Tank Brigade from Ulan-Ude that participated in the military conflict in the Donbas.
"The Colonel Ruslan Galitskiy, Commander of the 5th Guards Tank Brigade deployed at the Divisional" station in Ulan-Ude was killed in Syria one of these days," Baikal-Daily reports.
According to soldiers who informed the daily, their commander went on a business trip. They found out the details of the trip only after the official confirmation of Galitskiy’s death by the Defense Ministry of Russian Federation.
However, it’s worth mentioning that the news of Galitskiy’s death immediately evoked Ukrainian public reaction. In particular, the journalist Yuriy Butusov stressed that Galitskiy commanded the "Buryats tankmen" who pretended to be "the militias" during the battle for Debaltseve in Donbas. He wrote this on his Facebook page.
"The Colonel Ruslan Galitskiy , high-ranking Russian mercenary was eliminated in Syria, who was appointed as the commander of the 5th Guards Tank Brigade of Ulan-Ude in 2016, a partaker of the Russian aggression against Ukraine ... 5th Tank Brigade – they are the “Buryats tankmen” who took part in the aggression against Ukraine and pretended to be "the militias" during Debaltseve operation," he wrote.
Also Butusov underlined that according to Russian media, Galitskiy was the Head of 64722 Operational Control Department of 12th Command reserve of the Southern Military District of Russian Armed Forces in Novocherkassk before his appointment – that was the name of the headquarters of Russian troops who are waging a war in Ukraine, that has controls 1st and 2nd army corps of Russian occupation forces in Donbas.
Earlier it was reported that during the battle of Debaltseve 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen withdrew from battlefield. The government troops managed to withdraw 15 tanks and 50 IFVs from the battlefield.