Two Russian servicemen were killed and a third wounded in a mortar attack in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.
"Russian professional servicemen who were in a unit of Syrian forces as instructors ... came under a mortar attack from a group of rebel fighters," the Defense Ministry said in a statement quoted by Interfax news agency. "As a result of a mortar explosion, two Russian servicemen died."
A third officer was badly wounded.
The soldiers were embedded with a Syrian army unit along with a Russian military adviser.
The ministry did not specify when or where the attack took place.
This incident brings the Russian death toll in Syria to 29, according to the ministry.