Putin abandoned Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria, relatives say

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The allegation was made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said Russia had proof of "the destructive interference of some Western countries" in the run-up to March's election, Reuters reports.

Russian officials deny they deploy private military contractors in Syria, saying Moscow's only military presence is a campaign of air strikes, a naval base, military instructors training Syrian forces, and limited numbers of special forces troops.

The chief Kremlin spokesman has suggested that if any Russians were killed by US air strikes in Syria last week, they were not regular soldiers, continuing to distance President Vladimir Putin's government from reports that several Russian mercenaries - and possibly dozens - died after staging an attack on USA forces and their allies in the Middle Eastern country on February 7.

The incident has been played down by both Moscow and Washington.

The U.S. Defense Department said the air strikes, which included fighter and ground-attack aircraft and Marine artillery, were launched after as many as 500 attackers waged a coordinated assault on a base housing Syrian opposition forces, along with U.S. military advisers in Deir al-Zor.

The coalition warned the Russian military and proceeded to strike the formation, killing up to 100 people.

The Pentagon has said the USA -backed coalition contacted the Russians through the "deconfliction" telephone line to make them aware of the unprovoked attack.

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"They are there illegally, the government has disowned them, even Putin says our soldiers are not there", Valentina Berdysheva, 80, told Reuters.

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Canikli, speaking in Brussels, said he told Mattis that US support for the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as YPG, has helped Kurdish rebels in Turkey "to grow and strengthen", posing an increasingly "existential" threat to Turkey. They left on their own, somebody came there to collect them and took them away.

These Russian "mercenaries" have also shown up in Eastern Ukraine, where nobody believes they are not under the direct control of the Kremlin.

Russian Federation can legally prosecute mercenaries under an existing law which has been applied against several citizens fighting in Ukraine and Syria in recent years. They were flown back on military cargo planes which can each accommodate two or three intensive care cases.

The contractors work for a private company called ChVK Wagner.

The Wagner group has no website or social networking page, instead attracting men with military experience through word of mouth.

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