Foreign ministry says fighters not Russian servicemen and travelled to Syria ‘of own accord’
Russia’s foreign ministry has admitted that “several dozen” citizens of Russia and other former Soviet states were killed or wounded during a recent battle in Syria.
The announcement came shortly after reports that scores of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside pro-Syrian regime forces were killed by a US-led coalition airstrike in Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, on 7 February. Moscow dismissed those reports last week as “classic disinformation”.
Link : Russia admits ‘several dozen’ of its citizens killed in Syria fighting