DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the report published by the British News Agency Reuters on the number of Russian soldiers killed in the battles to retake Palmyra.
“There have been no official data on the alleged ‘casualties in a period of fighting for Palmyra. No such official data have ever been published or have ever existed in nature. Therefore, the entire story by the British news agency Reuters about the allegedly undeclared death toll is a set of letters to justify its own headline,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Yesterday, Reuters claimed that up to 21 Russian servicemen have been killed during the fight to recapture Palmyra from the Islamic State during the period from January 29 until late March.
According to the same Russian general, the report is a clear indication “that western politicians and diplomats lack real evidence of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.”
In a related context, 2 Russian troops were killed yesterday as a US-made TOW missile fired from an FSA-affiliated faction hit an Army position in the village of Rahbet Khattab.