Russian mercenaries are driven to their deaths ‘after refusing to be filmed saying they rejected Christianity’ by ISIS militants who now face being obliterated by Putin’s forces

Mail Online | 10/9/2017 | Will Stewart for MailOnline
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This is the horrific moment two Russian mercenaries loyal to Vladimir Putin are forcibly driven to almost certain death after being captured by ISIS fighters now facing obliteration by Kremlin forces.

Bearded father-of-two Roman Zabolotny, 39, and his comrade, Grigory Tsurkanu, 38, are feared to have been executed in a town square as fanatics cheered shortly after this footage.

Orthodox - Christian - Faith - ISIS-backing - Muslims

They refused to be filmed rejecting their Orthodox Christian faith and becoming ISIS-backing Muslims, according to one version of events.

The pair were held last week in intense fighting around the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an ISIS stronghold in Syria.

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The video shows the wounded men being moved as war trophies in a jihadist vehicle, their legs bound by rope and hands tied behind their backs.

Mr Tsurkanu appears to be in pain as the Russians struggle to understand they have been captured or the fate awaiting them.

Language - Terrorists - Troops - Putin

With no common language, the terrorists try to ascertain if the two were troops sent by Putin.

The jihadists, who try to speak to the captives in French, also suspect them of being Iranian.

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But the Russians were members of a secret, deniable mercenary force deployed in Syria by the Kremlin as opposed to official troops on the Defence Ministry's payroll.

Mr Zabolotny tries to communicate with his captors, saying: 'I have information about weapons.'

ISIS - Propaganda - Video - Men - Soldiers

An ISIS propaganda video featuring the men later inaccurately referred to them as serving Russian soldiers.

There are suspicions a third Russian was also caught but no information has been released.

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Senior Russian MP Viktor Vodolatsky said it is unlikely the two have survived.

'It is very sad but 99 per cent Roman Zabolotny is not alive, nor is the second prisoner,' he said.

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'Before filming that video they were given a statement which they had to read.

'In this text they would reject their Orthodox religion, reject their motherland, become Muslim...
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