Several missile attacks on a Russian military base were carried out in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few hours ago, during events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Russia’s Victory Day on the territory of the Russian military air base Hmeimim, located in the Syrian province of Latakia, the militants launched several missile attacks on the airfield, believing that the air base was not protected at that time due to flying combat aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Aviapro and Syrian state agency SANA.
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No official statements were made by the Russian military command in Syria on this subject, but according SANA sources it’s about six missiles fired from multiple launch missile systems.
This is the first attack by militants on a Russian military airfield since the agreements between Moscow and Ankara on stabilizing the situation in Idlib province.
However, it is much more important that the shells themselves were fired from the north-east direction, where today one of the Turkish observation posts.
Specialists, in turn, draw attention to the fact that only long-range “Extended Range Artillery Rocket” shells with a range of destruction of targets up to 40 kilometers can be armed with militants, however, the latter could only be delivered by Turkey, since only this country carries out their production .
At the moment, it remains unknown whether Russia will retaliate against the terrorists and strike at their positions using artillery and aircraft.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came 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 would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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