Russian private security workers dead in Syria, says monitor

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The American military acted in self-defense when destroyed in Syria, Russian mercenaries PMC "Wagner".

Last week was one of the bloodiest in the almost seven-year-old conflict as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, bombarded two of the last major rebel areas: Eastern Ghouta and the northwestern province of Idlib.

It said the strikes, which reportedly killed about 100 of the attackers, were in self-defense.

What happened in the U.S. strikes?

"No one wants to start a world war over a volunteer or a mercenary who wasn't sent by the state and was hit by Americans", Vitaly Naumkin, a senior adviser to Russia's government on Syria, said in an interview.

The reports follow one from Reuters on Monday, where former associates of two of the Russians killed identified them to the news wire.

The U.S. -led coalition was established in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, but it has bombed troops loyal to Damascus on several occasions.

The Russian Foreign Minister also highly praised our country's contribution to the achievement of peace in Syria and expressed confidence that the Kazakhstan-Russia cooperation within the Astana platform will ultimately lead to tangible benefits.

The strikes happened in the Middle Euphrates Valley, which serves as an informal demarcation line in eastern Syria.

Wagner, which is under USA sanctions for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine, has several hundred contractors in Syria, according to analysts.

Both sides are fighting against the last remnants of ISIS, which was mostly destroyed by the United States in the previous year.

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But Russia is also supplying so-called mercenaries, for hire troops also in plain uniforms and also supported entirely by the Russian army. The U.S. official put the death toll in the fighting at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured, but was unable to say how many were Russians. There were no coalition or SDF casualties, Dillon said.

More details about those killed in the strikes began to emerge in the following days.

Vladimir Isachenkov is an Associated Press writer.

"The reports on the deaths of dozens, hundreds, of Russians is classic disinformation", Zakharova said.

How did the Kremlin react?

In May past year, the French president said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a "red line" that would draw an immediate response from France. However he requested the U.S. and its coalition partners to use their influence "to ensure that they, too, cease hostilities and refrain from further provocations and outbreaks of violence". "I advise you to contact the defence ministry". "As the hostile forces turned west and retreated, we ceased fire, ' Harrigian, speaking from his headquarters in Qatar, said in a video teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon".

What are Russia's casualties in the Syrian conflict?

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he will order strikes in Syria if there is "proven evidence" that President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against civilians.

The Russian government denies any official involvement in the incident.

The group has also been conducting military operations in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region.

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.

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