Sadly for their loved ones, four Russian military advisers died on February 16 when a radio-controlled IED destroyed their vehicle.
This week TASS published a backgrounder on Russians killed in action since Moscow joined the Syrian conflict in September 2015.
Twenty-seven Russians have died in Syria, and Russian forces have lost two Mi-8 and one Mi-28N helicopters, and one Su-24 fighter-bomber.
Click here for the essential details of the news agency’s report. Some names and info not given by TASS are provided.
The first death was a non-combat casualty. TASS didn’t mention the 64 members of the MOD’s Aleksandrov Ensemble who perished in a plane crash en route to Syria on December 25. They didn’t die in Syria, but might not have died if Russian troops weren’t in Syria.