Syria toll claim de­nied

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Rus­sia’s De­fence Min­istry yes­ter­day de­nied a Reuters re­port about a rise in the losses suf­fered by Rus­sia in its mil­i­tary cam­paign in Syria, call­ing it “a lie from be­gin­ning to end”, Rus­sian news agen­cies re­ported.

“This is not the first time that Reuters is at­tempt­ing to dis­credit by any means Rus­sia’s oper­a­tion aim­ing to de­stroy Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists and re­turn peace to Syria,” the agen­cies cited De­fence Min­istry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as say­ing.

The agency put the ac­tual death toll among Rus­sian sol­diers and pri­vate con­trac­tors at 40 so far this year, at least. Reuters

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