The Russian Ministry of Defense has refuted allegations that two Russian soldiers were taken prisoner in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, saying that all soldiers were accounted for, TASS reports.
“There have been no incidents linked with any capture of prisoners or entailing losses among Russian servicemen either in the province of Deir ez-Zor [Deir Ezzor] or in any other Syrian province,” the ministry said on October 3.
The mass media reported earlier that the ISIS-linked Amaq news agency had posted a video featuring two Russian soldiers that had been allegedly captured prisoner by ISIS.
The Amaq news agency had previously claimed ISIS killing one Russian soldier and taking two soldiers prisoner near Deir ez-Zor on September 28. The Russian Ministry of Defense had refuted those claims back then as well.
On September 24 Russian Lieutenant general Valeriy Asapov was killed during an ISIS bombardment near Deir ez-Zor. The Ministry of Defense reported on the fact the same day.