Russia’s MoD confirms death of two military in Syria, denies plane losses


Russian military in Syria. Phot. Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS

Two Russian military personnel were killed in the December 31 mortar shelling of the Hmeymim airbase in Syria by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.

“On December 31, 2017, at nightfall, the Hmeymim airfield came under a sudden mortar fire from a mobile militant subversive group. Two military servicemen were killed in the shelling,” Russian state-run news agency TASS reports with reference to the ministry.

At the same time, the Defense Ministry stressed that reports on seven aircraft destroyed at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria on December 31 were fake.

The Kommersant newspaper earlier wrote citing some sources that on December 31 militants from one of terror groups shelled the Hmeymim airbase with mortars destroying four Sukhoi Su-24 bombers, two Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jets, one Antonov An-72 transport plane and an ammunition depot. According to the paper, more than ten military servicemen could be injured., following TASS

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