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    Two Russian servicemen were killed as a result of an attack by militants in Syria. Medics are struggling for the life of another serviceman, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "Two Russian servicemen were killed in the Syrian Arab Republic as a result of an attack by militants… A mine explosion killed the two Russian servicemen. Military medics are struggling for the life of a wounded Russian serviceman," it reads.

    The professional servicemen, who trained Syrian troops, and a military adviser came under mortar fire.

    The Russian servicemen were recommended for decorations.

    Since September 2015 Russian aerospace forces have been carrying out airstrikes in Syria targeted at terrorist positions at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In March 2016, the biggest part of Russian air forces left Syria in line with the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin, following successful task fulfillment.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in December that the Syrian government and armed opposition groups had reached an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and on readiness to start peace talks.


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