Most Russians oppose Syria operation as casualties mount

Less than a third of respondents to a survey (30 percent) want to see Russia’s military operation in support of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria continue, figures from Russian independent pollster Levada Center show. The survey, conducted for the Interfax news agency, was published on Tuesday—a day after Moscow confirmed another two casualties in the country.

The latest deaths bring the number of casualties officially confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense to 12, though Reuters estimated last month that the real death toll of Russian troops and private contractors is 40.