Valery Grigorievich Asapov was a Russian lieutenant general in the Russian military. He was killed by mortar fire from ISIL militants near the city of Deir ez-Zor during the Syrian Civil War, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Asapov has been described as one of the senior Russian military advisers in Syria.
Colonel Asapov, then commander of an army motorised rifle brigade, was awarded the 4th Class of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" by President Vladimir Putin on 23 February 2013.
In April 2014, the 68th Army Corps was reformed with the units already stationed in Sakhalin and the Kuriles, the 18th Machine Gun Artillery Division and the 39th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, under the command of Major General Valery Asapov. In July 2015, he was transferred to the Southern Military District, and under surname "Primakov" participated in the Russian military intervention in Ukraine as a Commander of the 1 Army Corps in Donetsk, Ukraine.
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