Russia’s death toll in Syria creeps higher

KHUTOR POCHTOVY, Russia – The death toll among Russian forces in Syria during a period of intense fighting to retake the city of Palmyra now stands at 21, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, after information emerged about the deaths of three military contractors.

The Reuters tally over the period from January 29 until late March is more than four times higher than the official toll given by the Russian defence ministry of five servicemen killed.

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