Moscow Says 'Dozens' of Russians Hurt in Syria Attack


Moscow on Tuesday said dozens of Russian citizens were injured this month in Syria but denied any responsibility for their activities, amid mounting reports of casualties among Russian mercenaries.

The U.S. coalition on February 7 struck a formation attacking a position of the Syrian Democratic Force east of the Euphrates river in eastern Syria, killing about 100 people. 

Many Russian mercenaries were reported killed in the strike, according to their relatives and paramilitary groups, as well as political organizations that published information about the casualties.

The Russian foreign ministry, which previously said that five Russian citizens were likely killed, on Tuesday released a statement that "there are also several dozen of injured" in the attack.

It said "there are Russian citizens in Syria who went there with various goals" and "it is not up to the foreign ministry to evaluate the legality of their decisions."

The ministry said it had helped the injured Russians return home where they were "receiving medical care in various medical institutions."

It denied that the incident involved any Russian military.

Russian officials refuse to admit Russian mercenaries are in Syria despite mounting reported evidence that they are active   fighting in the interests of the Syrian government.

On Sunday, the official website of the Orthodox Church in the central region of Ryazan said   Cossack Alexei Mitin was injured in combat while on military duty and died in hospital Friday.

The statement was later altered to say simply that Mitin had died. 

A local Cossack leader Andrei Datsenko, who posted on Facebook that Mitin received his injuries in Syria, also later deleted his message.

The Russian government is  reviewing a bill that would make private military companies legal, in order to clarify the currently murky status of mercenaries engaged in conflicts overseas.

Comments 5
Thumb doodle-dude 20 February 2018, 19:30

lol @ 'dozens'

more like 300 dead russians ;)

Thumb s.o.s 20 February 2018, 20:44

Haha. The dead Russians were mercenaries, terrorists. They originated from Chexhnya6, Dagestan, &c, in other words very bad people. America did Russia a huge favor, these scumbos won't return terrorize their own country in the not so distant future.

Thumb barrymore 20 February 2018, 21:01

They were Russian Elite Forces lured in by Rami Makhlouf to secure the largest oil field in Syria. The oilfield was under the control of the Kurds who called in U.S air support. At the end of it more than 300 dead and 400 injured;)

Thumb ashtah 20 February 2018, 21:48

the story was headlined in British newspapers yesterday.

Thumb s.o.s 20 February 2018, 23:33

In that case it’s a drama for Putin. I had read when it happened they were Mercs. This is really bad for Putin haha