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Russia: Reports that Russian soldiers killed in US strikes in Syria 'disinformation' - Zakharova03:42

Russia: Reports that Russian soldiers killed in US strikes in Syria 'disinformation' - Zakharova

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 15, 2018 at 13:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the US reports that scores of Russian soldiers are believed to be killed in US airstrikes on Syria are "disinformation," at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

Zakharova argued that "claims about the deaths of dozens and hundreds of Russian citizens are classic misinformation. There are not 400, not 200, not 100 and not ten [of them killed as a result of the US-led coalition's airstrike]."

She went on to say that according to preliminary data, "as a result of the armed conflict, the reasons for which are now being clarified, five people, presumably Russian citizens, could have been killed." Zakharova noted that the figures and the casualties' nationality require verification, adding that "I would like to stress once again that we are not talking about Russian servicemen."

Last Thursday, the US Central Command announced that the US-led coalition had carried out airstrikes against Syrian government forces "in defense of coalition," claiming that pro-government forces had "initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces." There have been unconfirmed and conflicting reports about the number of casualties resulted from the US airstrikes.

Russia: Reports that Russian soldiers killed in US strikes in Syria 'disinformation' - Zakharova03:42
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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the US reports that scores of Russian soldiers are believed to be killed in US airstrikes on Syria are "disinformation," at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

Zakharova argued that "claims about the deaths of dozens and hundreds of Russian citizens are classic misinformation. There are not 400, not 200, not 100 and not ten [of them killed as a result of the US-led coalition's airstrike]."

She went on to say that according to preliminary data, "as a result of the armed conflict, the reasons for which are now being clarified, five people, presumably Russian citizens, could have been killed." Zakharova noted that the figures and the casualties' nationality require verification, adding that "I would like to stress once again that we are not talking about Russian servicemen."

Last Thursday, the US Central Command announced that the US-led coalition had carried out airstrikes against Syrian government forces "in defense of coalition," claiming that pro-government forces had "initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces." There have been unconfirmed and conflicting reports about the number of casualties resulted from the US airstrikes.

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