One of the two claimed to have been killed was a Cossack. Cossacks are an eastern Slavic people with a distinguished military history of fighting for Russia.
Russian fighters were among those killed when US-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday.
A US official has said more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad died when coalition and local coalition-backed forces thwarted a large attack overnight on February 7.
Russia’s Defense Ministry, which supports Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war, said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance and no Russian servicemen had been in the area.
But at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province, their associates told Reuters on Monday.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Khasham, Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Syria
Syria (SY) is estimated to have a population of 18.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -2.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 2 million.