Russian warships to head to South China Sea in early September

The Admiral Vinogradov (archive)

The Admiral Vinogradov (archive)

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VLADIVOSTOK, August 30. /TASS/. A detachment of ships of Russia’s Pacific Fleet is expected to make a voyage to the South China Sea at the beginning of September, the chief press officer of Eastern Military District for the Pacific Fleet, Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.

“At the beginning of September, a detachment consisting of the big antisubmarine ships Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, the big amphibious ship Peresvet, the sea towboat Alatau, and the tanker Pechenga will head for Zhanjiang in China,” Capt. Matveyev said.

“From September 11 through to September 19, the ship crew will take part in the Joint Sea 2016 wargames of the Chinese Naval Force that will be held on the coast and in the water area of the South China Sea,” he said.

He indicated that this is the fifth time Russian and Chinese navies hold this regular exercise aimed at consolidating practical cooperation and counteraction to various threats out in the sea.

In 2015, the wargames were held in the Sea of Japan.

 

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Units of the Russian military base in South Ossetia hold tactical exercises within the unannounced inspection

Within the unannounced inspection, the units of the Russian military base in South Ossetia are holding tactical exercises at the high-mountain range “Dzartsemi”.

The exercise involves over 300 servicemen and about 100 pieces of armoured, automobile vehicles including UAVs.

According to the scenario, during mobile defence actions, the units are to repel conventional enemy.

The servicemen will carry out combat firings from the weaponry of T-72A tanks, BMP-2 IFVs, self-propelled artillery guns Gvozdika, mortars Sani, automatic grenade launches AGS-17 and grenade launches RPG-7.

Starting from August 25, the unannounced inspection of the Southern, Western and Central Military Districts, the Northern Fleet, the Main Command of the Aerospace Forces and the Airborne Troops Command, is held upon the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The activities are conducted within the scenario of preparation for the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”

The practical stage of the activities will take place at 14 combined-arms ranges as well as in the Black and Caspian Seas.

The unannounced inspection will last until August 31.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (August 29, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 4 inhabited areas in the Latakia province.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 490.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed opposition detachments active in the Homs, Latakia, Hama provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 10 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Damascus (6), and Latakia (4) provinces.

Jaysh al-Islam formations, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, have performed mortar shelling of Duma, Jaubar, Haush-Duarah, Arbil, Kabun and Khan-ash-Shikh inhabited areas in the Damascus province.

While firing against the Ara, Bruma and Kastal-Kallas inhabited areas in the Latakia province, militants of the Ahrar ash-Sham formations used unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with explosive devices.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population

Low-income families of the Rabiah inhabited area (Hama province) have received 400 food kits.

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.

Additional information

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS international terrorist organizations do not stop making attempts to break the ceasefire regime.

Within last 24 hours, in the Aleppo city terrorists have fired with improvised MLRS, mortars, antitank guided missiles and tank canons against settlements: Braidge al-Rih, Karasi, the point 374 and southern farms of Sheikh-Ali-Kobtani, as well as the tannery, water purification facilities,  quarters “1070”, Khai-al-Ansari in the Aleppo city.

In the Damascus province, terrorists have also shelled settlements Duma, Haush-Nasri,  Jaubar, Kabun, Haush-Harabu, Meida and the farms of the Khan-ash-Shikh inhabited area.

Turkey Should Talk to Kurds Instead of Using Military Force in Syria

 

 Turkish soldiers hold their positions with their artillery pieces, bottom, on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, background, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

 

   The conflict between Kurds and Tukey should be resolved by peaceful means, not by the use of force, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forum opposition party told Sputnik.

   Turkey should resolve its conflict with the Kurds through dialogue instead of through force in the form of military campaigns in Syria, Samir Aita, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forum opposition party, told Sputnik.

   Ankara announced on Wednesday that Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, had begun a military operation to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus of militants from the Daesh terrorist group. Turkish forces have also turned on Syrian Kurdish groups. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will continue its operation until the threat posed by Kurdish militants active in the area is eliminated.

   “The Turkish government should concentrate on Daesh instead of using the Syrian conflict to solve its internal problems. The Turkish government should solve its issues with the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] through negotiations,” Aita said.

     Turkey has been shelling Kurdish militias in northern Syria along the Turkish border for months. Ankara claims Syrian Kurds have links to the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish authorities.

     Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups. Daesh, a terrorist organization outlawed in a number of countries, including Russia, seized swaths of the country in 2014. Kurdish forces have also fought against Daesh, as well as seeking greater autonomy for Syria’s Kurdish-dominated regions.

FSA Soldier Claims Group Will Conquer Daesh ‘Capital’ After Al-Bab, Manbij

 

 

A Free Syrian Army fighter. file photo

 

   The Free Syrian Army has taken the Syrian city of Jarabulus due to Turkish support, and the emboldened group intends to continue its offensive in the region, capturing both Daesh-held al-Bab and Kurdish-held Manbij, Free Syrian Army fighter Cumha Yasin told Sputnik.

   In an interview with Sputnik, Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter Cumha Yasin signaled the FSA’s willingness to continue its offensive in northern Syria, where it hopes to gain control of the cities of Al-Bab and Manbij.

The interview came after the Turkish General Staff said in a statement that FSA units had managed to push ‘terrorists’ from 10 villages to the south of Syrian town of Jarabulus, which was earlier liberated from Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) by Turkish and FSA troops.

   The statement did not specify whether the terrorists were members of Daesh or Kurdish YPG militants fighting under the aegis of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Turkey claims the Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) is linked to the Kurdish Workers’ Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

     Speaking to Sputnik, 24-year-old Cumha Yasin said that the FSA is currently preparing for a military operation in the area adjacent to Al-Bab and Manbij so as to completely cleanse the cities from Daesh terrorists and the YPG.

   “After that, we plan to move to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor to drive Daesh out of these cities,” the 24-year-old added in an interview that took place at a FAS training camp in the village of Keklice to the west of the Turkish border town of Karkamis.

Yasin, who told Sputnik that he’s fought against the jihadists and the government troops for two years now, underscored the importance of Jarabulus being liberated from Daesh.

Russian Defense Ministry publishes video footage of snap check firing practice

Firing practice in Russia’s Southern Military District

MOSCOW, August 29. /TASS/. Troops involved in the snap readiness check that began on August 25 have completed with redeployment and begun firing practice, the Defense Ministry’s press-service said.

“Troops have started live firing practice using standard firearms and equipment at proving grounds of the Southern Federal District. Taking part in the exercises are tanks, armored personnel carriers, air defense rocket and artillery systems, mortars and grenade launchers,” the Defense Ministry said.

Military transport aircraft have airlifted the personnel and hardware to the designated areas and proving grounds. Bombers, fighter-bombers and front-line aircraft are getting ready for training flights. Rockets and bombs will be used, the Defense Ministry said.

The snap check of combat readiness is being held in the Russian armed forces on August 25 through 31. The Southern Military district, some units of the Central and Western military districts, the Northern Fleet, the Air and Space Force and paratroops are taking part. The snap check is part of preparations for the strategic exercise Kavkaz-2016 due in September.

 

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (August 28, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 5 inhabited areas in the Latakia (4) and Homs (1) provinces.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 486.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed opposition detachments active in the Homs, Latakia, Hama provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 12 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Damascus (6), and Latakia (6) provinces.

Jaysh al-Islam formations, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, have performed mortar shelling of Duma, Jaubar, Haush-Duarah, Arbil, Kabun and Harasta inhabited areas in the Damascus province.

While firing against the Ara and Bruma inhabited areas as well as the Tubal fortress in the Latakia province, militants of the Ahrar ash-Sham formations used unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with explosive devices. Additionally in the Latakia province, formations of the “Free Syrian Army” and the “Turkistan Islamic Party” armed groupings have opened fire against areas near Abu-Ali mountain.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.

Additional information

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS international terrorist organizations do not stop making attempts to break the ceasefire regime.

Within last 24 hours, in the Aleppo city terrorists have shelled with improvised MLRS and mortars quarters “1070”, Khai-al-Ansari, Leramon, the military academy Al-Assad and the Air Force military school, the gas plant and the “Kastello” trade centre.

In the Damascus province, terrorists have also shelled Duma, Haush-Nasri, Abd-Beinuri, Jaubar, Kabun, Harasta, Haush-al-Farra, Marj-Sultan and Khan-ash-Shikh inhabited areas.

Within the last 2 days, over 1800 people have been evacuated from the Daraya inhabited area (Damascus province) – those are civilians, militants who laid down their arms and members of their families. They have been delivered by buses to the Idlib city and to the temporary housing area in the Keisua settlement (Damascus province). Seriously wounded people have been delivered to the hospitals of the Damascus city.