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Five Russian soldiers, four journalists injured in explosion in Syria
13:25, 7 November 2017
Five Russian soldiers, four journalists injured in explosion in Syria

The wounded journalists were from propaganda TV channels NTV and Zvezda

13:25, 7 November 2017

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Five Russian servicemen and four journalists were wounded in Syria when a controlled landmine was blown up by the terrorists. This was reported by the Defense Ministry of the country, reports Dozhd.

The military servicemen and journalists suffered in one of the Deir-ez-Zor quarters in Syria. They were evacuated to the Russian air base Khmeimim.

Among the injured journalists there are NTV workers Ilya Ushenin and Timur Voronov, as well as Konstantin Khudoleev and Dmitry Starodobsky from Zvezda television channel. It is noted that the injured servicemen belong to the International Mine Action Center. They conducted mine disposal, the Ministry of Defense reported.

In late October, Reuters wrote that at least 131 Russians have died in Syria since the beginning of the year.

Related: Syria’s Army takes over last ISIS nest in Deir al-Zor

As it was reported earlier Russian government considers withdrawing part of the military vehicles and manpower from Syria. This was reported, referring to two sources in the army and the diplomatic corps.

According to the sources, there is no final decision for now; however, the military command considers taking away some of the vehicles stationed at Khmeymim air field. Some engineers and technical staff will go back home and continue to serve there. However, presidential secretary Dmitry Peskov said such decisions are never announced, and the Defense Ministry officially denied the information on possible cuts of the staff in Syria.

The Russian outlet added that the reason of taking the military back is the recent success of the Syrian army in the war with terrorists. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu repeatedly claimed that the Russian military campaign in Syria will soon be over.

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