The Ministry of Defense of Russia has denied recent reports claiming that several Russian service members were killed in a blast near Syria’s Greater Idlib.
According to these false reports, three Russian Special Forces personnel were killed, when a an improvised-explosive device (IED) exploded near the town of Jurin in northwestern Hama.
“There are no Russian observation posts in the vicinity of the town of Jurin in Idlib’s de-escalation zone and the information published by one of the Russian outlets claiming that soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces were killed does not correspond to the truth,” the Russian MoD said in an official statement.
These false claims were first published by Vedomosti business daily before being picked up by many Russian and later Syrian outlets.
The Russian MoD noted that the author of the outlet’s false report has repeatedly published unconfirmed information based on rumors.
These false claims appear to be a part of new propaganda wave targeting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian forces in Syria. The campaign started following the recent SAA advance in Greater Idlib.