(Sydney, Australia – 6:59 P.M.) Russia’s Defence Ministry has rejected a Reuters report which speculated on the death toll of Russian military personnel in the Syrian city of Palmyra in Homs countryside.
“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 Defence Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov said.
As the ministry spokesman said, “none of the names mentioned as those found by Britons from Reuters belong to Russian servicemen.”
According to Reuters’ tally, the death toll among Russian forces killed in the fighting to retake Palmyra from January 29 until late March stood at 21 while the Russian Defense Ministry officially reported only five servicemen’s deaths.
“The entire text is an absolutely false compilation of rumors collected in a hurry to distract attention from the false performance with the alleged chemical attack from the air in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun,” the Russian general said.