A flag of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is seen near a portrait of Russian General Valery Asapov on his grave at a military cemetery near Moscow, Russia October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova
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In the fall of 2015, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine were introduced to a new commander who, like his predecessors, went by the code name Tuman – "fog" in Russian.Five rebels independently told Reuters that Asapov was a commander in the armed forces in one of them, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.Asapov's story once again shows a deeper Russian involvement in the conflicts in both Ukraine and Syria than Moscow has been willing to admit.Many rebel officers knew Asapov was a Russian general without being told, he said.The officer saw that Asapov signed documents as Primakov, and only learned his real name when he saw his pictures in reports about his death in Syria.The separatists' command denies Asapov was in Ukraine.Asapov's official role in Syria was chief military adviser, according to the Defense Ministry announcement of his death.At his funeral, Russia's military chief of staff Valery Gerasimov said he was commander of Syria's Fifth Attack Troop Corps of volunteers.The military importance of such "volunteer" units in both Ukraine and Syria is unclear.
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