The Russian military has confirmed that three of its soldiers were killed in an ambush in Syria late last month.

A total of 112 Russian soldiers were killed in the three years since Moscow intervened in the Syrian civil war in support of government forces, a Russian lawmaker estimated in September 2018. Media reports place the total number of Russian soldiers killed in Syria at 175.

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The three Russian servicemen were caught in an ambush while driving in the eastern Syrian region of Deir Al-Zor in late February and were reported missing after the ensuing battle, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.