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Moscow says five citizens likely killed in US Syria strikes

AFP  |  Moscow 

Five Russian citizens were likely killed in a US-led coalition bombing on pro-regime Syrian fighters last week, said today, as it acknowledged non-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

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

However, many Russian citizens are fighting in as mercenaries working for a private company called Wagner, according to numerous reports.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:30 IST