United States strike killed at least 100 Russian mercenaries during Syria attack
18:55, Feb 14, 2018
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The Baltic Cossack District said in a statement that Loginov was a Russian citizen who was killed in an "unequal battle" while "heroically defending our Fatherland in its far reaches from insane barbarians" when he died on February 7. "We don't have data about other Russians who could be in Syria".
Roughly 1,500 Syrians participated in the Sochi congress as representatives of various Syrian civil society groups representing different ethnic, religious and tribal groups, political forces, and external and internal opposition, including the armed resistance, made their positions known.
Initially, the Syrian opposition refused to participate in the Sochi talks opting instead to further the United Nations -led Geneva talks.
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On Jan. 30 participants at the Congress agreed to set up a committee to rewrite the Syrian constitution in Geneva and to hold democratic elections in Syria.
Russian Federation does not rule out that the United States intends to stay in Syria for a long time, "if not forever", he went on.
The mercenaries are said to have been hired by private military firms backing Syrian pro-government troops.
USA forces stationed with Syrian Democratic forces troops on the base responded with artillery fire and air strikes.
The strike was the second by the US against pro-Syrian regime forces last week, according to the USA military's Central Command. However, he casts doubts on the reports, noting that the whole column, which was alleged bombed out in the U.S. attack, counted "a bit more than 500 people".
It said it was in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the attack, and Russian officials assured coalition officials they would not strike coalition forces.
Dan Shapiro, a former United States ambassador to Israel and a fellow at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies wrote in an email on Tuesday that a clash could happen, but wasn't inevitable.
On Tuesday, US Central Command said US forces came under fire from a tank, and that they responded with strikes from drones and B-52 bombers against the attackers. The Guardian reported air force Lt Gen Jeffrey Harrigan as saying that US advisers had been in an operating base when they came under tank fire.
Russia, the Syrian regime's main backer, plans to help Damascus relaunch its energy industry which has been devastated by years of conflict, Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said. On Monday liberal presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky said: "If massive Russian casualties took place, then relevant officials. must announce this to the country and find out who is responsible".
Senior U.N. officials called for an immediate one-month cease-fire in Syria on February 6 to ease what they described as an "extreme situation" in the war-torn country. He also wouldn't even confirm whether Russian nationals were among the dead in the attack.
A Cossack organization in Kaliningrad posted on social media that one of its members had also been killed.
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