Russia sent dozens of tanks, weapons and other heavy equipment to Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Russia continues to transfer heavy tanks and other weapons to Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News [AMN].
Al-Masdar News information is related to Saratov large landing ship (BDK) seen by the Bosphorus passing through with probably up to 20 tanks and other equipment, not to mention tons of ammunition.
“This week, a Russian ship of Project 1171 of the Navy of the Russian Navy was seen following transit through the Bosphorus Strait towards the eastern Mediterranean and headed for the port of Tartus in western Syria” the AMN source Yoruk Islik said. “It is believed that a Russian ship is transporting tanks and other armored vehicles for arming the Syrian armed forces. This supply is most likely connected with the Turkish military attack in early March, as a result of which several units of armored vehicles and weapons were destroyed in the arsenal of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)”.
At the moment, neither the Russian nor the Syrian sides have confirmed the information about the transfer of tanks to Syria.
As we reported at last days Russia sent two batches modernized Mig-29s to the Syrian army.
Movement of military units in the last 24 hours in Syria
As we reported yesterday a convoy of 30 units of equipment with soldiers sent the Turkish army to its positions in the province of Idlib, citing a source in Syria.
“The Turkish convoy, more than 30 cars, armored vehicles and trucks with soldiers, arrived at the Turkish army bases in Idlib province,” the source said.
Turkey has established its observation posts on the demarcation line between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-Turkish miitants groups in northern Syria.
At the same time the US-backed military units [Syrian Democratic Forces SDF – ed.] began a operation against ISIS in eastern Syria.
“SDF units have launched a campaign to track and prosecute ISIS cells in the desert in the east of Deir Ez-Zor,” a local source said.
He added that the operation takes place in the Khabur River region [the eastern tributary of the Euphrates], as well as near the Syrian border with Iraq. The forces of the international coalition and the Iraqi army are involved in the anti-terrorist operation.
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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