The body of Aleksandr Prokhorenko, who called an airstrike on himself after being surrounded by militants, has been flown home to Moscow
Vladimir Putin has awarded a soldier dubbed "Russian Rambo," who was killed fighting ISIS, the country's highest military honour.
The Russian president has ordered brave Aleksandr Prokhorenko be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation, according to Russian state news agency Sputnik.
The 25-year-old was part of a team of fighters battling to liberate the city of Palmyra from ISIS.
Russian officials say the father bravely ordered an airstrike on himself after he was surrounded by Islamic State militants.
His body was flown into Moscow this week and welcomed by the brave soldier's heartbroken wife Ekaterina who is pregnant with their first child.
n a further tribute, the soldier's old school also plans to name the facility after him. (...)
Nadezhda Rusinova said: "It is a real act of bravery that we will tell our pupils about," said a teacher at the school.
"After all, to order an airstrike on yourself is something that not everybody would be able to do."
The heroic last words of the solider - who feared he would be captured, tortured, killed and his body mutilated - were revealed after his death.
A transcript of his final communications with Russian Special Forces reveals the moment he was surrounded by ISIS 'b*******' and low on ammunition as he attempted to hold off gunfire.
He was ordered to move to safety before the air strike but told his commander he couldn't escape the area, before adding: "Conduct the airstrike now, please hurry."
In his last communication he said: "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."
His wife Ekaterina reportedly had 'no idea' her husband was serving in Syria.
Not prepared to go down without a fight, he ordered military officials to drop bombs on his location and died in the blast.