A Russian journalist who reported on the deaths of Russian mercenaries after the attack on U.S. forces in Syria earlier this year has died after falling from the balcony of his home.
The news website Novy Den said its reporter Maxim Borodin died at a hospital on Sunday. He fell Thursday from his fifth-floor balcony in Yekaterinburg.
The cause of the fall was unclear. Russian news reports cited police as saying the apartment was locked from the inside.
In March, Borodin wrote about bodies believed to be those of mercenaries being delivered to a regional village.
In February, it was reported that the Russian mercenaries -- believed to be from the private military contractor Wagner, largely funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin -- “took heavy losses” in the attack; Russia was notably silent on the issue.
Bloomberg first reported this week that Russian military contractors took part in what the US called an "unprovoked attack" on a well-known headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a rebel cohort the US has trained, equipped, and fought alongside for years.
Reuters cited several sources on Friday as confirming that Russian contractors were among the attackers and that they took heavy losses. The purpose of the attack, which saw 500 or so pro-government fighters get close to the US-backed position in Syria, was to test the US's response, Reuters' sources said.