Contents tagged with Russian Troops in Syria

  • Putin: Russia will not withdraw troops from Syria yet

    Moscow is not planning to withdraw its military contingent from Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the Direct Line session which was broadcast by Russia 24 TV channel.

    “They will stay there as long as it is beneficial to Russia, and in fulfillment of our international obligations. We are not planning to withdraw the units yet,” the president said. According to him, Russian troops are carrying out important duties related to ensuring Russia’s security in the region and …

  • Media: Two Wagner PMC mercenaries killed alongside four Russian soldiers in Syria

    In Syria during a militant attack, two Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) fighters were killed as well as four Russian soldiers, reported Novaya Gazeta with reference to a source who wished to remain anonymous.

    In addition, the source claims that another two persons have been taken to hospital in Moscow. The source did not specify whether they were soldiers or Wagner PMC fighters.

    As Arab News reported with reference to the AFP and the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, at least nine …

  • Russian officer comes under fire in Syrian Douma

    A Russian officer was wounded while accompanying a group of UN security officers into the Syrian city of Douma, Kommersant reported, citing sources in Damascus. The work of the OPCW inspectors to investigate the chemical attack has once again been delayed.

    The article notes that Russia’s Defense Ministry has been unable to acquire a prompt comment.

    On April 18, Reuters reported that UN security staff had come under fire in Douma.

    On April 16, the US accused Russia of not giving international …

  • Russian media reveals the total number of Wagner Group mercenaries fighting in Syria

    At least 3,602 fighters are serving in the Russian “Wagner” private military company (PMC), reported Republic (formerly Slon) news outlet, citing the Wagner PMC’s payroll.

    As the news outlet points out, one of the divisions on the list contains private badge numbers from 1 to 3602. Republic did not specify how many badge owners were currently in the company’s active service, but it did point out that one of the names on the list – Yevgeny Alikov from Russia’s Arkhangelsk province – had died in …

  • Russia plans to replace troop commander in Syria

    The Russian Armed Forces command in Syria may once again be headed by Sergey Surovikin, current Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), RIA Novosti, citing to a source close to the Ministry of Defense.

    According to the source, "this possibility is being discussed." At the same time, as the source specified, in the case of departure to Syria, Surovikin would remain the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, and his deputy would temporarily perform his duties.Surovikin led …

  • Kremlin: Nearly 50,000 Russian soldiers took part in military action in Syria

    48 thousand Russian servicemen took part in the  military operation in Syria in 2015-2017, as stated by the chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov at a briefing for foreign military attaches in Moscow, reports DW.

    At the same time, he said that the Russian military killed 60 thousand fighters, including about three thousand who were Russian by birth.

    It should be noted that Russian air forces have been repeatedly accused of falsifying reports about numbers of air …

  • Widow of Russian mercenary killed in Syria: 'Americans shot them like dogs'

     The widow of Stanislav Matveyev, the 38 year-old Asbest resident and Wagner Group mercenary who was killed in the International Coalition airstrike in Syria on February 7,  spoke to Russian media outlet

    “They just shot them like dogs, like lab rats,” Elena Matveyeva exclaimed. also reported that Matveyev’s widow received an audio recording, in which a male voice comments on the developments:

    “Hi. What is being shown in Syria… In short, they routed us. In short, in one …

  • Names of Russian mercenaries killed in US strike in Syria begin to appear on social networks

    New evidence has begun to appear on Russian social networks and media on the death of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a private military company, in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces in the Syrian Deir al-Zor province.

    The death of Alexey Ladygin from Ryazan was reported on Sunday.

    Ladygin’s friends write that he was involved in the events in Crimea as part of the Russian special forces. He later took part in the fight for Debaltseve in western Ukraine. In the Wagner …

  • UN reports 230 civilians were killed over the past week in air strikes by Assad's and Russian air forces in Syria

    Over the past week, 277 civilians were killed in Syria, 230 of whom perished in air strikes by the government forces of Bashar al-Assad and their allies, including Russia. This data was presented in Geneva by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Saturday, February 10, Deutsche Welle reports.

    According to the UN, another 812 Syrian civilians were injured. "The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict," Al Hussein said. Most of the air …

  • Protests take place in Moscow against Russian military involvement in Syria

    On Sunday there were a series of solitary pickets against Russia’s military campaign in Syria outside the Ministry of Defense building in Moscow. Muscovite journalist Denis Styazhkin wrote in his blog that picketers held banners with anti-military slogans and criticism of the Russian government, the Echo of Moscow reports. The publication states that three days after US strikes on Assad’s forces in Syria, the Russian authorities have not reacted to the reports on the death of “possibly dozens …