22 June, Friday

Russian military plane crash in Syria kills 39 servicemen


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A Russian military cargo plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday killing all 39 servicemen on board, reported The Associated Press. The plane crashed at Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province. The Russian military has confirmed that the crash was a result of a technical error, and was not shot down.
In December 2016, a plane carrying a Russian military orchestra to Syria crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on board.
There have also been deaths and injuries among Russian forces in Syria. In one incident, in February this year, Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected.
About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last month when their column was attacked by U.S.-led coalition forces, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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