Nine Russians fighters killed in Syria's Deir Ezzor: monitor

Nine Russians fighters killed in Syria's Deir Ezzor: monitor

Nine Russians fighters killed in Syria's Deir Ezzor: monitor

As the ministry said, the battle lasted for several hours, the soldiers destroyed 43 terrorists and six off-road vehicles with large-scale weapons.

Russia's government officially acknowledges that 92 soldiers have been killed in Syria, although some estimate the number is even higher.

At least four Russian servicemen, including two military advisers, were killed in Syria after they were shelled by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group based in Britain that monitors the war through contacts on the ground, put the Russian death toll at nine.

Among the 35, the Observatory claimed nine Russians were killed. "Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them", AFP quoted Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman as saying.

According to him, the remaining 26 of the dead were in the forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian Federation is the main military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's multi-sided civil war.

Russian servicemen have been killed in shelling carried out by terrorists in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

In Moscow did not specify the date or the exact location of the attack on the Syrian positions. Two died on the spot and two soldiers of the Russian Federation has died in hospital from his injuries. Five other soldiers were wounded in the assault. It also said that not all of the slain Russian fighters were government troops.

Forty-three rebels are also killed, Russian defence ministry says.

The RIA Novosti agency said that "a few mobile terrorist groups" had attacked the Syrian army's artillery battery during the night.

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