According to the BBC, representatives of the contingent of Russian troops in Syria took the remains of the militants from the so-called «PMC Wagner», who died in the province of dir al-Zour on 7 February as a result of artillery and air strikes the United States.
«During, before and after the attack we kept in touch with the Russians, and they sent a group of people who took the body,» — said the representative of the international coalition Colonel Ryan Dillon. He later clarified that the offer to claim the remains was made «after it happened».
According to him, the body was taken loyal to the regime forces. According to the BBC, not all the victims taken to Russia. Remain unknown and the exact losses incurred by Russian mercenaries from a few dozen to a hundred people.
Dillon noted that just as the accumulation of forces was recorded, it is known to the Russian side. «This was an unprovoked attack against the Syrian democratic forces and coalition forces. We defended — held strikes and eliminated the threat,» he said.
Recall that on 10 February, the former leader of the Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine Igor Strelkov (Girkin) reported hundreds of dead and wounded Russians from the battle group «Wagner.» But documentary evidence regarding such losses were reported.
February 13, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov denied information about the mass losses of the Russian mercenaries. He urged journalists «to take seriously the description of these potentially important episodes not even be in the thrall of distorted data».
On 20 February, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation issued an official statement confirming the deaths and injuries of Russian nationals in Syria, but without giving any details about the exact place and time of the incident, as well as the number of victims.
«During the recent military confrontation, which in no way participated servicemen of the Russian Federation and not used regular technical means, have killed citizens of Russia and CIS countries, this has already been mentioned, there are wounded – dozens of them,» – said in a published statement.
Diplomats also reported on his participation in helping the survivors: «They have been assisted to return to Russia where, as far as we know, they pass courses of treatment in different medical institutions».
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