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    A Russian soldier inspects the damage at a Russian military field hospital after it was shelled by what the Russian Defence Ministry said were Syrian rebels in Aleppo, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 5, 2016.

    Bodies of Russian Medics Killed in Aleppo to Arrive in Birobidzhan on Friday

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    The bodies of two Russian medics killed in Syria's Aleppo in an artillery attack will be flown to the city of Birobidzhan in Jewish Autonomous Area (JAA) in southeastern Russia on December 9, a source from law enforcement told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — According to the source, the funerals will take place on Saturday.

    "The aircraft with the bodies [of the medics] is departing from Moscow to Khabarovsk at 7 p.m. local time [16:00 GMT]. The bodies will be flown from Khabarovsk to Birobidzhan by a helicopter. So they will arrive at JAA only tomorrow," a source said.

    On December 5, an artillery attack on a mobile Russian military hospital in Aleppo killed two Russian medics from Birobidzhan, Sgt. Maj. Nadezhda Durachenko and Staff Sgt. Galina Mikhailova. Professor Vadim Arsentyev from the Pediatric Faculty of the Kirov Military Medical Academy was seriously wounded. Local residents, arrived for medical examination, were injured during the artillery attack.

    Sources at the Russian Defense Ministry regard the tragic incident as a premeditated assassination, blaming the so-called moderate opposition and its Western sponsors.


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