Two Russian military advisers have been killed and five Russian soldiers injured during a clash with militants in Deir ez-Zor, according to the Russian Defence Ministry on Sunday. Two of the injured soldiers later died from their wounds.
“An artillery battery of the regime’s forces was attacked this night; two Russian military advisers, who controlled the fire of the Syrian battery, were killed on the spot,” the ministry said in a statement.
Russian servicemen along with the Syrian regime forces together fought the militants during the clash that lasted for about an hour; “43 terrorists” were also killed and six vehicles with heavy weapons were destroyed, the statement added.
Syria, which has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
According to UN estimates, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict.