Turkey violated Idlib’s ceasefire in Syria, Russian MoD said
MOSCOW, (BM) – Turkish-backed forces violated the ceasefire in Idlib six times a day. This was announced by the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties (CPVS) in Syria, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing TASS and Lenta.ru.
According to Zhuravlev, from 00:01 Moscow time on March 6, militants carried out six attacks in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The settlements of Kafer-Halal and Herbet-Dzhezray in the province of Aleppo, as well as the positions of government troops in the area of the settlements of Kban and Ikko in the province of Latakia, were subjected to shelling.
Recall early today the Russian military air base Khmeimim, which is Russia’s largest military base in Syria, was attacked again from territory controlled by Turkish troops.
Russian air defense systems deployed in the area of the Khmeimim air base in Syria shot down two armed drones.
It is reported that armed drones were launched from militant-controlled territory in Idlib province. Air defense systems shot them down over the city of Jebl in Latakia province.
On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan, entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus was ready to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale attack by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began. Government forces managed to recapture almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and leave behind a number of Turkish observation posts. In this regard, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region, launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops, and increased support for the militants loyal to it.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 military personnel killed, almost 100 soldiers were wounded, several dozen units of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than 10 drones were shot down, including drone ones.
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