Members of the group “Faylaq al-sham” which are fighting on the side of the Syrian opposition, was killed in the province of Hama, six Russian military, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist messages on the Internet.
The militants said that together with the Russians killed the Syrian and the Iranian military. From the common message that before the murder for war followed for three months. At the moment, other details of the incident are not given. In Moscow has not officially commented on the information about the victims of the Russian military in Syria.
Later in the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry said that media reports and social networks about the death in Syria of six Russian soldiers do not correspond to reality, reports the Agency “Interfax”.
“All Russian military personnel in the Syrian Arab Republic, alive, healthy and the envy of provocateurs perform and fulfil their tasks,” – said the Russian defense Ministry.
The defense Ministry added that “reports in foreign social networks about the alleged death of Russian soldiers have no grounds and are intentional information spreading”.
According to official data, in Syria since the beginning of the operation killed 20 Russian soldiers. On 22 July, the Ministry of defence has confirmed the death of 14 soldiers. Five more died on August 1 in Idlib province, it is three crew members and two officers aboard the downed Russian Mi-8 helicopter. In August, the head of Kabardino-Balkaria Yuri Kokov has officially confirmed the death in Syria of a resident of the city of Nartkala, the URVAN district of the Republic of Asker Bigaeva.
The military operation of the Russian Air and space forces (VKS) in Syria began on 30 September last year. March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw from Syria, the bulk of the Russian troops. However, some military equipment and a limited contingent of troops remained in the country to support the Syrian army in fighting terrorist groups.
On 14 October, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of agreement between Russia and Syria on the indefinite deployment of Russian air group in Syrian territory free of charge. Two days earlier, a document ratified by the Federation Council.
Putin has signed the Federal law “On ratification of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on the placement of the aviation group of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic”, said the press service of the Kremlin. The document was adopted by the state Duma on October 7, 2016 and approved by the Federation Council on 12 October 2016.
An agreement on the deployment of the air group was signed between Russia and Syria August 26, 2015 in Damascus, even before the official beginning of the Russian operation in Syria. The text of the agreement announced on 14 January 2016 on the official portal of legal information, but then it was not about to ratify the agreement. Only on 29 July, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered to submit to the President the document to the head of state made it for ratification to the state Duma. Putin on August 9 introduced a law on ratification for consideration by the lower chamber.