Terrorists blew up a Russian armored personnel carrier in Syria’s Idlib
MOSCOW, (BM) – An armored personnel carrier of the Russian military police was damaged in an explosion staged by militants on the M4 highway in Idlib; none of the servicemen were injured, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“Today, during a joint patrol on the route between the settlements of Erich and Urum al-Jawz, the militants attempted to carry out a terrorist attack with the aim of disrupting the monitoring of the situation along the M4 highway. As a result of the blasting of the explosive device on the convoy route, one Russian suffered minor damage an armored personnel carrier,” he said.
Konashenkov noted that “the personnel of the joint patrol were not injured,” the technicians and military personnel returned to the station.
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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