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Moscow sent new ship with heavy military equipment to support Assad regime

DAMASCUS, (BM) – A Russian cargo ship was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait towards the Mediterranean waters this week, as they continue to send military equipment to the government forces in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.

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According to maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Saint Petersburg-based TGK-SPB’s Russian flag roro vessel, Sparta, which is owned by Ministry of Defense’s Oboronlogistika, transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Syrian port-city of Tartous.

Isik said the ship’s cargo was made up of military and technical supplies, which undoubtedly be delivered to the Syrian Armed Forces, who are currently in the process of preparing for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate.

Since the Turkish military’s powerful attack on the Syrian Army’s positions in early March, the Russian Armed Forces have increased their supply shipments to the Arab Republic to replenish the equipment that was lost.

Among the Russian shipments most recently were tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC), which needed to be replaced because the SAA’s arsenal in northwestern Syria was either destroyed or badly damaged during the Turkish attack.

Background

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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