Any Belarusians killed near Deir ez-Zor? Foreign Ministry unaware


Diplomats are closely monitoring the situation in Syria, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Dzmitry Mironchyk told journalists on Wednesday.

“At the moment, there is no information whether citizens of Belarus were among those killed and wounded in a recent military clash in Syria,” he said.

A day earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry Several confirmed the fact of killing ‘Russian citizens and citizens of other CIS countries’ in Syria and stressed that Russian military had not been involved in the fighting.

On February 7, US forces carried out air strikes against a pro-regime force who were assaulting the positions of Syrian democratic Forces not far from Deir ez-Zor. Up to 200 Russian nationals could have been killed, Reuters reported with reference to oits own sources.

The dead might have been members of Russia’s unregistered private military company ‘Wagner’. Rumour has it that Wagner soldiers get thousands of dollars for participating in military operations. The grouping of Russian mercenaries led by Commander Dmitry Utkin is supposedly financed by Evgeny Prigozhin whose nickname is ‘Putin’s Chef’.

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