Contents tagged with Syria

  • Assad thanks Russia, Iran and Hezbollah for their support

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that his army has shattered the West's attempts to overthrow his government, thanks to the help of allies, including Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.

    "Their direct support - politically, economically and militarily – has made possible great successes on the battlefield and reduced the losses and hardships of the war," Assad said during a television broadcast on August 20.However, he noted that "the battle continues," and that it's still …

  • UN has enough evidence to indict Assad but Russia prevents it

    International Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said that the investigation of crimes in Syria has yielded enough evidence to prosecute President Bashar Assad.

    Carla del Ponte became famous for her investigations of war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Last week, she said that she is withdrawing from the UN Commission on Syria in protest. She is unhappy that the UN Security Council is not creating a special tribunal for Syria, to bring to justice those responsible for war crimes.

    One of …

  • Russian Minister of Defense: Damascus-controlled territory has increased by 2.5 times

    In a broadcast of the TV channel Russia 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Damascus-controlled territory has increased by 2.5 times in the last two months.

    According to him, this is a “serious success”. Shoygu said that half of the province of Deir ez-Zor is controlled by Syrian state forces. Its liberation will be decisive in the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS).

    He specified that in Syria, since the start of the Russian Armed Forces’ operation, there …

  • Kremlin admits that Russian volunteers might be fighting in Syria

    The Kremlin admits that Russian volunteers may be fighting in Syria, but says that, even so, official data of the Russian Ministry of Defense should be consulted for the number of casualties among Russian soldiers there, reports the Russian media.

    Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated this in regards to Reuters, which alleged that the number of Russians that have been killed in Syria is higher than was officially stated.

    According to him, the Russian volunteers who may be in Syria have …

  • Russian Minister of Defense: Russia formed four battalions of military police in de-escalation zones in Syria

    Four military police battalions have been formed in Syria to carry out tasks in the de-escalation zones, according to the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service.

    "Four battalions of military police have been formed. They are currently carrying out tasks in the security belts of the de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic," Shoygu said at the Russian Defense Ministry meeting.

    According to him, the battalions have been formed …

  • Putin signs bill on deployment of Russian military air force in Syria

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law ratifying a protocol to an agreement on the deployment of an air group of the Russian Armed Forces to Syrian territory.

    The document was published on Wednesday, on the official portal for legal information.

    "To ratify the protocol to the agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on the deployment of an aviation group of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, …

  • Russia deploys military police in Syria to monitor the de-escalation zones

    Russia began deploying military police in Syria to monitor compliance with the ceasefire in two newly established security zones, the Russian authorities said on Monday.

    As Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy said, Russian forces deployed checkpoints and surveillance points around de-escalation zones in southwest Syria and in the East Ghouta near Damascus.

    In May, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on a plan to create four de-escalation zones in Syria in an attempt to resolve the six-year conflict. In …

  • SBU: more than 500 Russians who fought in the Donbas have left for Syria

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has information on more than half a thousand citizens of Russia who, after participating in military operations in the Donbas, went on to fight in Syria, said department head Vasyl Hrytsak during a briefing.

    "I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this is not about the official Russian military contingent in Syria. These are mercenaries of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, under the guise of a private military company called ' …

  • A Russian Navy warship entered the Mediterranean Sea on its way to Syria

    The Russian landing ship Nikolay Filchenkov entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Syria, Interfax reported.

    The vessel is headed to the Syrian port of Tartus, where the logistics center of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea is located. This is the Filchenkov’s seventh campaign.

    According to Turkish media, on July 16, a Kyzyl-60 auxiliary transport ship of the Russian Navy passed through the Black Sea straits bearing cargo bound for Syria. On July 10, the landing …

  • Kremlin: Israel must learn to live with US and Russia’s truce agreement in Syria

    The agreement to ensure a truce in southern Syria will not be abolished solely on account of Israel’s fears, it would be more reasonable not to take up arms against this agreement, but rather to find a way “to live with it”, stated Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

    As the Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported on Monday with reference to a senior source in the Israeli government, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the …