No doubt, the Russians viewed themselves as invincible in this conflict. Or, at least so far superior to their enemies as to be in no real mortal danger.
Then, this happens. And the Russian backlash could be fierce enough to really destabilize the region.
From The Daily Mail:
A top Russian general has been killed by an ISIS mortar strike in Syria as he tried to help Bashar al-Assad troops fight in the war-torn country.
Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov was in the Middle East and was ‘at a command post of Syrian troops’, according to the Russia’s Defence Ministry.
He moved to Syria to assist commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.
But he was ‘mortally wounded’ after a mortar strike was carried out by ISIS on Sunday.