Russian Federation denies reports of 7 planes destroyed in Syria attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses servicemen as he visits the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province Syria

Attacks on Eastern Ghouta, which lies on the outskirts of Damascus, the capital, have been frequent in recent days and are believed to be part of the Syrian government's assault on rebel-held positions in the area.

A further five died in shelling by Syrian government forces.

On Wednesday, at least two people were killed in attacks carried out by Russian warplanes, SOHR said.

The government push on the edge of Idlib province - also a "de-escalation zone" - follows two months of sporadic fighting that the United Nations says has displaced more than 60,000 people.

If confirmed, it would be the single biggest loss of military hardware for the Kremlin strongman since he began supporting Syria's president Bashar al-Assad.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Earlier, the ministry said a Mi-24 helicopter had crash-landed in Syria on December 31 due to a technical fault and two pilots died.

Eastern Ghouta is mostly under the control of Jaish al-Islam rebels.

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"Kommersant's report on the alleged "destruction" of seven Russian military aircraft at Khmeimim Airbase is fake", the MoD said in a statement, according to RT.

'As darkness fell, the Hmeimim air base was subjected to sudden mortar shelling from a mobile group of militants.

"The thirty-first day of December in the execution of the flight to the aerodrome of Hama due to a technical fault crashed the Russian Mi-24 helicopters", - stated in the message.

About 30 civilians have been reported killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria's capital, Damascus.

Russian Federation announced it will pull the bulk of its troops from Syria starting March 15, in a process that could take up to 5 months.

Forces loyal to Assad and those opposed to his rule continue to battle each other, as well as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Assad's beleaguered forces.

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