On February 14, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova de-facto confirmed the death of 5 Russian citizens as a result of the February 7 U.S. airstrikes on government forces in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.
“According to preliminary data, as a result of the armed conflict, the reasons for which are now being clarified, five people, presumably Russian citizens, could have been killed. There are also injured people, but all this requires verification — in particular, first of all, their citizenship — whether they are all citizens of Russia or other countries. I would like to stress once again that we are not talking about Russian servicemen,” the diplomat said during a press briefing.
Zakharova clarfified that the killed persons were not Russian military servicemen and described repots about “mass” casualties among the Russians as fake news.
“There is a large number of citizens from all regions of the world, including Russia and CIS countries, in the conflict zones. The purposes for their stay in war zones are different, including participation in hostilities,” Zakharova added.
Since February 7 various rumors over the incident in the Euphrates Valley have been circulating online. According to some of them, “hundreds” of Russian private military contractors died in the U.S. strikes. MORE HERE