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February 19, 2018 10:24 am

Lavrov: Reports of Hundreds of Russians Killed in Syria Attempt to Exploit War

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivers a speech during a session of the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in Sochi, Russia on January 30, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that reports that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had been killed in Syria recently were an attempt to exploit the war there, the RIA news agency reported.

About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria in an incident this month, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

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