Syria Report: Russia On The Front Foot

“FIRST VIDEO SHOWING RUSSIAN MILITARY POLICE IN SARAQIB APPEARS ONLINE” – Southfront

That’s better.  Some meaningful Russian ground presence, staking Syria’s claim to hard won territory.  Good to see.  Not only this (and the renewed presence of Russian aircraft on the Idlib front line) but Russia has taken issue with Turkish propaganda on millions of refugees fleeing Idlib to Turkey and the manufactured existence of a ‘humanitarian crisis’, as being absolute nonsense.  There is no ‘humanitarian crisis’ and the staggering numbers put out by Turkey and Western media outlets (and government spokes) are figments of their deluded imaginations.

“RUSSIA DENOUNCES TURKISH CLAIMS ABOUT “MILLIONS” OF REFUGEES FROM IDLIB ZONE AS FAKE” – Southfront

Also, it has been reported that the recently upgraded large Russian landing ship ‘Novocherkassk’ passed heavily laden (presumably with armoured vehicles) through the Bosphorus Strait yesterday on its way to the Mediterranean.  The fourth Russian ship to do so in the last couple of days.  It is somehow ironic that the Russian navy has to navigate Turkish waters to act as a calming deterrent presence towards that nation’s errant forces.

And it is good to see Russia getting on the front foot again.

“Russia Sends 4th Warship to Syria Amid Turkey Tensions” – The Moscow Times.
Quite disappointing that The Moscow Times would use an image of an unidentifiable (to me) frigate or similar vessel to represent a Project 775 Ropucha class heavy landing ship.  Never mind.  I have included an image of the real thing below.

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