Four Russian military serviicemen were killed and two others were wounded in a car blast in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on February 20.
The blast targeted a column of the Syrian troops en route from the Tiyas military airbase towards Homs, according to the statement.
“On February 16, 2017, four Russian servicemen were killed in the Syrian Arab Republic as their vehicle hit a remote controlled bomb. The Syrian troops’ vehicular column that included a vehicle with Russian military advisers was moving from the area of the Tiyas aerodrome towards the city of Homs,” the statement reads.
The ministry added that Russian military servicemen were playing a role of military advisers to the Syrian troops in the area.
This could indicate that Russian military personnel were involved in the recent advances of the Syrian government forces against ISIS near Palmyra.