Several Russians killed in U.S. airstrikes in Syria, friends say

Several Russians killed in U.S. airstrikes in Syria, friends say

Several Russians killed in U.S. airstrikes in Syria, friends say

Global press keeps digging up additional details of the February 7 clash between the USA and its allies in Syria's Deir el-Zour region and what has reportedly turned out to be a group of private military contractors, most of whom were reportedly Russian nationals, but also included some Ukrainian nationals.

His comments echoed previous statements from the Defense Ministry, which has said no Russian servicemen were in the area at the time.

The reports follow one from Reuters on Monday, where former associates of two of the Russians killed identified them to the news wire.

One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

The Baltic Cossack District said in a statement that Loginov was a Russian citizen who was killed in an "unequal battle" while "heroically defending our Fatherland in its far reaches from insane barbarians" when he died on February 7.

Indeed, and as we noted last night, if and when the deaths are officially confirmed, it could turn into a political scandal for Putin, with the public demanding why the government is keeping military deaths under wraps.

"As the hostile forces turned west and retreated, we ceased fire", Harrigian, speaking from his headquarters in Qatar, said in a video teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon.

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The ISIS Hunters specifically condemned both the U.S. Coalition and the Kurdish forces that are now in control of the majority of the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The proposition that the attempted assault was not cleared with Russia's "official" military is also supported by the Kremlin's muted reaction to the event. However, it is possible that the Russian military was not aware of the attack planned by the Russian contract soldiers acting on orders of the Assad regime. "The fact is that someone chose to attack us, and the Russians said that it is not about them".

Defense Officials have not clarified what flag the men inside the tank fought under, though reports have indicated that they may have been Russian mercenaries, as numerous unconfirmed reports from Syria have indicated that a large number of Russian contractors have been fighting alongside Syrian forces in support of President Bashar al Assad. Utkin was photographed next to President Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin reception in late 2016, held to honor him and others for their service to Russian Federation, for which they have received state awards, according to Peskov.

At no point, a USA military spokesman said, was there any chance of direct conflict between US and Russian ground forces.

United States officials added that the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed. I can't give you anything on that.

Wagner, which is under United States sanctions for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine, has several hundred contractors in Syria, according to analysts. Moscow helped turn the tide of the conflict in his favor by launching a campaign of air strikes in 2015 and stepping up its military presence on the ground. He noted that the Russian military could have been unaware of the contractors' involvement in the attacking force because coordination between them has been very poor.

"The state must be directly involved in issues related to the life and health of our citizens", he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.

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