Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Ignatius Aphrem II, holds mass at the heavily damaged Syriac Orthodox church of St. Mary in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor on February 3, 2018. / AFP / Ayham al-Mohammad
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Russian nationals died last week in eastern Syria, where a U.S.-led coalition bombed pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its local allies, groups representing them said Monday.The local Cossack ataman (leader) Maksim Buga told AFP that Loginov had been a sapper working in Syria as a volunteer with other Cossacks since late last year.Conflict Intelligence Team, which monitors social networks for information about Russians in Syria, said at least three other Russians also died in Deir al-Zor on Feb. 7 .Putin said in December that Moscow's military brief in the Syrian conflict has been largely completed and ordered a partial pullout of the country's troops.
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