January 4, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
LATAKIA, Syria – Two Russian military personnel were killed in a December 31 mortar shelling of the Russian Hmeymim airbase in Syria’s Latakia province by terrorist forces, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Thursday.
“On December 31, 2017, at nightfall, the Hmeymim airfield came under a sudden mortar fire from a mobile militant subversive group,” the ministry said.
“Two military servicemen were killed in the shelling,” the ministry continued.
The ministry also dismissed reports that seven aircrafts had been destroyed by militants at the Hmeymim airbase as false.
“A report in the Kommersant newspaper on the alleged destruction of seven Russian warplanes at the Hmeymim airbase is fake. Russia’s air group in Syria is combat ready and continues to accomplish all its missions in full,” the ministry said.