Scores of Russian mercenaries reportedly killed by United States airstrikes in Syria
Feb 14, 2018, 18:55
"We recommend not treating media reports as primary sources", he added.
USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson is headed to the area this week so perhaps we'll get some clarity on our nation's foreign policy goals.
U.S. military officials also said that, during the air assault, they had been in contact with the Russian military, via a special hotline set up by the two sides to avoid hostile incidents between the two.
"We don't have information about other Russians who might be in Syria", Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said on Tuesday, saying that the only records Russia had were of members of the country's armed forces.
Over the weekend, reports emerged on Russian blogs and elsewhere that an unknown number of Russian contract soldiers were killed. "I advise you to contact the defence ministry". "We have not received that word at Central Command or the Pentagon". The New York Times cited a Syrian military officer as saying about 100 Russian soldiers had been killed.
Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the US -led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group, according to Russian and Syrian officials.
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The Russian citizens are fighting in Syria for a private military company, according to numerousreports. Three people within were killed.
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One of the first to report the alleged casualties was the former commander of the rebel militia in breakaway Donetsk republic in Ukraine and head of the Novorossiya movement Igor Strelkov.
While the US has used private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan for years, Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one even though Russia has used proxies in eastern Ukraine, where it has backed pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
Russian Federation has not confirmed the deaths that were first reported by United States media, saying such reports should not be treated as "primary sources".
One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.
There have been doubts about the accuracy of the death toll, with many commentators deeming it inflated and pointing to discrepancies between different accounts.
Bloomberg reported two of the Russians as saying that over 200 contract soldiers died following a failed attack on a base held by USA and mainly Kurdish forces. Russia's military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the US accepted the claim.
The Syrian government denounced the attack as "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism." .
The Russian Defence Ministry has said that none of its soldiers were in the area and suggested that pro-Syrian government fighters may have failed to coordinate their actions with the Russian military.
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