"Today, the SBU releases the names of nine more mercenaries, including foreigners, who were killed or died of wounds as well as group pictures of the Wagner mercenaries taken the day before they perished in the Syrian Arab Republic," reads the statement on the website of the law enforcement agency, Censor.NET reports.
The list includes the names of eight Russian and one Ukrainian national who took part in combat operations in Ukraine’s east as members of illegal armed formations.
"Despite attempts by the Russian secret services to hide, primarily from the Russian civil society, the truth about heavy casualties sustained by Wagner PMC mercenaries, the SBU is ready to hand over to journalists the evidence along with the testimonies of the mercenaries’ relatives and friends proving that they were killed in the Syrian Arab Republic," the statement reads.
According to the information collected by the Ukrainian special services, a total of 50 Russian mercenaries perished on the night of Feb. 8, 2018.
Moreover, the SBU is going to release additional information on terrorist activities and losses of the Wagner PMC in the near future.
The list of Wagner PMC mercenaries who were killed or died of wounds received in the strike committed by the coalition forces in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on the night of Feb. 8, 2018:
As reported, from 300 to 500 pro-government forces attacked an SDF headquarters near Deir ez-Zor, Syria on the night of Feb. 8, but retreated after the U.S.-led coalition knocked out their artillery and two of their tanks. The U.S. military suspects the pro-regime forces were trying to move in on oil fields previously held by the Islamic State group for the past three years, but are now controlled by U.S.-backed fighters. The news agencies run by the Syrian government, the Russian Defense Ministry, and the Pentagon confirmed the devastating strike on the pro-regime forces.