Moment US destroys Russian tanks 'killing hundreds of soldiers' as conflict ERUPTS

Moment US destroys Russian tanks 'killing hundreds of soldiers' as conflict ERUPTS

Moment US destroys Russian tanks 'killing hundreds of soldiers' as conflict ERUPTS

More than 100 fighters said to have been killed out of an attacking force of around 500 during the clashes on 7/8 February.

One of the dead was 51-year-old Vladimir Loginov. The official was unable to say how numerous dead and wounded were Russian.

The US military has released video that it says shows a drone strike destroying a Russian-made T-72 battle tank in Syria.

"Vladimir died for the Fatherland, the Cossacks and the Orthodox faith!" the group said.

According to Twitter user GerardScw, Russian military men from PMC Wagner were killed on February 7 in the area of the village of Hsham, in the province of Deir ez-Zor.

Concern has mounted in recent weeks that U.S. forces and their allies might come into direct contact with Russian troops amid an increasingly confused military situation in Syria.

According to reports from the Department of Defense, a Russian-made T-72 Main Battle Tank was destroyed by a drone strike after it attempted to engage Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the coalition advisors working alongside them in Syria on Saturday, one week after a large scales engagement between pro-Assad and SDF troops forces in the region. A USA detachment was at the base. The coalition position was within range of the attackers' weapons. He added that Ananyev had fought as a volunteer in the Donbass before he left for Syria. Earlier this week, there was a mass funeral for about 30 members of the militia - which often describes itself as the "ISIS hunters" - in the town.

Russia's foreign minister is accusing the United States of trying to maintain control over eastern Syria. Reports of the supposed fatalities have emerged on social media. It's also the most visible manifestation of American-on-Russian violence, even if the erstwhile Cold War adversaries were not technically engaged against each other.

Wagner is registered in Hong Kong and has no public offices in Russian Federation and no contact details. US Defence Secretary James Mattis, said that he had read the reports about the Russian deaths, but that "we have not received word" confirming anything. "More than 200 is the current estimate, we can not know the exact number yet, but majority were Russian", he said in a telephone interview.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson is headed to the area this week so perhaps we'll get some clarity on our nation's foreign policy goals. He called on Putin to report publicly about "the actions of Russian troops in Syria at present and the number of deaths of Russian citizens regardless of their military status".

They crossed the Euphrates River, shelling an SDF base, where American advisers were present. "As it came closer they were notified when the firing began", Mattis said.

Ionov said not all those killed were Russian: Some of the paid fighters came from other countries that were once part of the Soviet Union.

The Kremlin on Wednesday said it could not rule out that there were Russians in Syria, but that if so, they had no affiliation with Russian armed forces. This group, named after the retired Russian officer that leads it, is linked to Russian military and security forces and has operated as an arms-length formation in both eastern Ukraine - although Russia has denied direct military involvement in the conflict there - and Syria.

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