Moment US destroys Russian tanks 'killing hundreds of soldiers' as conflict ERUPTS

Syrian pro-government members hold a position as they stand on the back of an armoured vehicle in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor

Russian media said Russian private contractors and pro-government forces advanced on oil fields in the eastern Deir el-Zour province and were targeted by the United States.

Russian Federation also denies having personnel in the area.

USA airstrikes, in response to what it called an "unprovoked attack, " killed around 100 people in Syria in February according to the Pentagon, but a new report from Bloomberg says that number may be as many as 300, and that they were Russian mercenaries.

And the Kremlin, rather than using the incident to fan anti-American feelings, sought to play it down.

The Sochi Congress, in which all segments of the Syria people including Syrian Kurds had participated, proved that the Syrians are firmly committed to their country's unity and safety, which is clearly highlighted in the final statement of the Congress, Bogdanov clarified.

Russian citizen and "Another Russia" activist Kiril Ananyev was killed in Syria as result of an airstrike launched by the US-led coalition in the countryside of Deir Ezzor last week, the group's coordinator Alexander Averin told RIA Novosti news agency.

"The Kremlin has no desire to go to war with the US a month before the election", Frolov said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said he had no information about any such casualties.

Wagner is made up of detachments that may be controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman who's been dubbed "Putin's Cook" because his company provides catering services to the Kremlin, according to the Fontanka news service.


About Mattis said at the briefing, the transcript of which was spread by the Ministry of defense, reports TASS. "More than 200 is the current estimate, we can not know the exact number yet, but majority were Russian", he said in a telephone interview. They said the deconfliction line was still operating and Russian Federation so far hadn't protested the decision to launch the air strikes. The official was unable to say how numerous dead and wounded were Russian. The veteran Russian politician, who has been unsuccessfully running for president several times since the 1990s, did not provide any source for the claims, apart from media and social media reports.

Around 600 fighters with artillery and tanks, most Russian-speakers, took part in the attempt to storm the base, according to one of the people familiar with the matter. "If there was large-scale loss of life of Russian citizens, the relevant officials, including the commander-in-chief of our armed forces (Putin), are obliged to tell the country about it and decide who carries responsibility for this", he said. Russia's military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the USA accepted the claim.

Earlier this month, a Russian Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft was shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib.

According to previous CNN reports, the global US-led coalition against Daesh (banned in Russia) on February 7 struck Syrian pro-government forces.

It said the USA strikes, which reportedly killed about 100 of the attackers, were in self-defence. Afghan war will cost B in 2018 U.S. expands air campaign to northern Afghanistan Mattis defends plans for new nuclear capabilities MORE described the attack as "perplexing".

The Syrian proxy war is heating up, especially between the USA and Russian Federation. Officially, he was not a serviceman.

Despite joint pledges to work together to destroy ISIS and other terror networks, Russia and the United States find themselves on opposite sides of the ongoing conflict; with U.S. forces equipping Syrian rebels and Russian forces supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

He said the situation in Syria was not discussed during a phone conversation between Putin and US President Donald Trump on Monday.

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