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USA airstrike said to kill Russians

USA airstrike said to kill Russians

Retired Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, head of the defense committee in the lower house of Russia's parliament, said the government needs to oversee private military contractors.

There were many Russian citizens overseas, Peskov said, "and it's very hard to have detailed information".

Russian military contractors were among those killed when a USA -led coalition drone destroyed a Russian-designed tank in eastern Syria, Russian and us officials said.

Much about the fighting and the associated casualties has been obscured in the fog of war.

It is very hard to estimate the number of Russians working as military contractors in Syria and the number who are killed. The private fighters allowed the Kremlin to keep the official death toll from its campaign in Syria low, helping to avoid negative publicity about Russia's involvement in Syria as President Vladimir Putin runs for re-election in the country's March 18 presidential vote. Russia's military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the US accepted the claim.

It said it was in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the attack, and Russian officials assured coalition officials they would not strike coalition forces.

The convoluted fighting in Syria pits the U.S. and Russian Federation on opposite sides, and a recent battle has resulted in this jarring description from Bloomberg: It may have been "the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War".

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.

"I don't have any reporting - that some Russians - non-Russian federation soldiers, but Russian contractors were among the casualties".

The US-led coalition said it repelled that attack near the Euphrates River by hundreds of troops aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who were backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars. "This was well in advance of the enemy force's attack".

US Central Command said on Tuesday that US forces came under fire from a tank, and that they responded with three hours of intense strikes from drones and B-52 bombers against the attackers, which it described as a unit of 300 to 500 fighters. "The coalition observed a slow buildup of personnel and equipment the previous week, and we reminded Russian officials of the SDF and coalition presence via the telephone deconfliction line".

The journalist informed that no U.S. serviceman was injured.

Assad's government in Damascus called the us military action "barbaric" and a "war crime". The firm has not commented on the reports. Their strategic objective may have been securing a nearby oil field.

Russia has backed Syria's fight against terror since late 2015 when Russian air force and troops arrived in the Arab country at an official request of Damascus to help the government fight against Daesh and other Takfiri militants.

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