Five Russian citizens were likely killed in a US-led coalition bombing on pro-regime Syrian fighters last week, Moscow said today, as it acknowledged non-military casualties in the attack for the first time. "We are possibly talking about the deaths of five people, supposedly citizens of the Russian Federation. Others are injured.
But this all requires verification, in particular their citizenship. We are not talking about Russian soldiers," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. At the time of the February 7 attack in Deir Ezzor, the Russian defence ministry insisted it had no servicemen in the eastern province of Syria. However, many Russian citizens are fighting in Syria as mercenaries working for a private military company called Wagner, according to numerous reports.