Ivan Kovgan, the deputy commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, was tragically killed as a result of an Azerbaijani attack, as reported by SeverPost.
According to the source, on September 20th, in Nagorno-Karabakh, a targeted attack on a UAZ vehicle of the Russian peacekeeping forces led to the untimely death of Captain 1st Rank Ivan Vasilyevich Kovgan, the deputy commander of the peacekeeping forces responsible for military-political affairs.
Captain Kovgan, who was about to celebrate his 53rd birthday in three days, was known for his service as a naval sailor and his regular position as the deputy commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet in Gadzhievo.
In a heartfelt tribute, Northern Fleet officer Andrei Luzik expressed, "He was a naval sailor, but fate led him to the mountains, where a treacherous bullet claimed his life. May Ivan Vasilievich's memory be honored. He dedicated his all to his service and his Motherland, and alas, life itself."
Previously, the Russian Ministry of Defense had reported casualties among peacekeepers due to shelling from the Azerbaijani side, though specific details regarding the number and identities of the deceased were not disclosed.