Russian naval aviation pilots destroyed over 1,200 terrorist facilities in Syria

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“Over the two months of their participation in combat operations, naval aviation pilots have carried out 420 sorties, including 117 in nighttime,” Commander of Russia’s Group of Forces in Syria said

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. Russian naval aviation pilots have performed 420 sorties and destroyed 1,252 terrorist facilities over the two months of the aircraft carrier naval group’s participation in the Syria operation, Commander of Russia’s Group of Forces in Syria Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov said on Friday.

“Over the two months of their participation in combat operations, naval aviation pilots have carried out 420 sorties, including 117 in nighttime. Actually all flights were performed in complex weather conditions. A total of 1,252 terrorist facilities have been destroyed,” he said.

The Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier naval task force comprising the heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk, and also the Black Sea Fleet’s warships and support vessels has been accomplishing missions since November 8, 2016 to fight terrorists in Syria, he said.

“The strikes were delivered against infrastructure facilities, the amassments of militants and military hardware, fire emplacements and strongholds of illegal armed formations,” the commander said.

“The Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich staying in the Mediterranean Sea delivered a missile strike on November 15, 2016 with Kalibr cruise missiles against facilities of the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] on the territory of Syria. All the targets were destroyed,” he said.

The missions of delivering strikes against ground facilities directly from aboard warships were accomplished by deck-based aircraft for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy, the commander said.

Russia’s aircraft carrier naval group accomplished missions in Syria

The tasks of Russia’s aircraft carrier naval group in Syria have been accomplished, Kartapolov said.

“The tasks assigned to the aircraft carrier naval task force have been accomplished,” the general said.

The aircraft carrier’s naval group’s warships and vessels are fully provided with all material supplies and are technically fit, he said.

“The Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier naval group is ready for further operations,” Kartapolov said.

During its stay in Syrian waters, the Russian aircraft carrier naval group established close interaction with Russia’s air task force and Bastion coastal defense missile systems, he said.

“A unified air defense system has been created jointly with the resources and capabilities of the air defense system of the Russian grouping in Syria on the basis of modern S-300 and S-400 complexes to reliably protect facilities on the ground and at sea,” the commander said.

All types of defense, multi-service force interaction and comprehensive provision were practiced as Russia employed aircraft groups both from aboard the aircraft carrier and from the coastal aerodrome, he said.


Russia starts cutting grouping of forces in Syria


January 06, 12:09 updated at: January 06, 12:42 UTC+3
The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group will be the first to leave the conflict area

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

MOSCOW, January 6. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry has starting cutting the grouping of forces in Syria in accordance with the decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chief of the General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Friday.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group will be the first to leave the conflict area, he said.

“In accordance with the decision by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Defense Ministry is starting to downsize the grouping of the armed forces in Syria,” the chief of the General Staff said.

The warships of the Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier task force led by Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be the first to leave the conflict area, he said.

The Admiral Kuznetsov carrier will begin Friday moving from the Mediterranean to Severomorsk in Russia’s northern Murmansk region, Gerasimov said.

“I would like to thank the staff of the aircraft carrier group for the success in implementing its tasks. I order the senior officer of the mission Vice-Admiral Viktor Sokolov to begin relocating the group today and move to the main fleet base of Severomorsk as per the plan approved earlier,” he said.

Commander of Russia’s Group of Forces in Syria Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov said the aircraft carrier naval group completed its tasks and it is ready for further operations.


Russian Reconciliation center delivers over 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Aleppo

A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food

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ALEPPO /Syria/, December 4. /TASS/. A convoy of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria has delivered more than 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid to residents of eastern Aleppo. A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food.

“The cargo was delivered from Russia at the beginning of this week by a sea transport with the use of dry-cargo vessels. A total of 15 40-foot containers with humanitarian aid have been delivered for Aleppo residents affected by the hostilities,” representative of the Russian Armed Forces’ Military Transportation Service, Major Eduard Goryunov, said.

The humanitarian cargo weighing over 280 tonnes includes rice, sugar, wheat flour, canned food, tea, that is, all kinds of food the city’s residents need badly, said representative of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major Andrei Glushkov. Bags and boxes with foodstuffs were reloaded from shipping containers into trucks and delivered to the refugee camps.

The Russian military deployed 150 field kitchens providing hot meals in the centers for internally displaced persons. Delivery of warm clothes, drinking water and food has been organized. The sick and wounded get medical care.

To date, the Syrian government troops have liberated more than 40% of Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, which are home to nearly 90,000 people.


Advanced detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces left for Syria to conduct mine-clearing operation in the Eastern Aleppo


Advanced detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces left for Syria to conduct mine-clearing operation in the eastern areas of the Aleppo city, which had been liberated from insurgents.

The servicemen passed attended briefing and practical exercises concerning humanitarian mine-clearance in Nakhabino (Moscow Region), and embarked in the transport aircraft at the Chkalovsky airfield.

The mine-clearing detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces is absolutely automated and fitted with advanced mine-clearing and safety equipment. The detachment also includes a unit with mine-searching dogs.

Earlier, specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces have accomplished mine-clearing operation in Palmyra. The Russian military servicemen have defused almost 18.000 explosive devices and cleared 825 hectares as well as 8,500 buildings.

Accusations Against Russia in Attack on Syrian School More Information Attacks

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November 7 – On October 26, as many as 22 children and six teachers were killed in an attack on a school compound in Idlib, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). On Sunday, Human Rights Watch published a statement accusing Russia and Syria of “war crimes” based on the testimony of alleged witnesses of the incident.
“Publication of yet another ‘war crime’ accusations by Human Rights Watch after more than a week, when some phone ‘interviews’ of seven aggrieved people are provided as new ‘evidences’ do not stand up to any scrutiny and is yet another information attack,” Konashenkov said. He added that the Russian Ministry had already published evidences that the school’s buildings had not been bombed. According to the Russian official the area where the school is situated has been occupied by terrorists from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham group, formerly al-Nusra Front, which is outlawed in Russia, and only “liars” or “crazy people” could say that the jihadists would allow secular schools to continue their activities.

School in Syria’s Idlib province not hit by airstrike, drone photos show – Russian MoD


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The Russian Defense Ministry says that it dispatched a drone to analyze the site of Wednesday’s alleged bombing of a school in Idlib, Syria. The ministry says that the aircraft spotted no evidence of airstrikes, and accused the White Helmets of faking digital images of the attack.

“On Thursday, a Russian UAV was directed to the area, to conduct detailed digital photography,” said a statement from Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. “As can be seen from the photos taken by the drone, there are no signs of damage to the roof of the school, or craters from airstrikes around it.”

“We have analyzed the photo and video ‘evidence’ of the supposed attack. The video published in a range of Western media outlets appears to consist of more than 10 different shots, filmed at different times of the day, and in different resolutions that were edited into a single clip,” continued Konashenkov.

“The photograph published by AFP shows that only one wall of the school is damaged, and all the desks inside the classroom are in place. The outer fence seen through the hole has no traces of damage from bomb fragments. In a genuine airstrike this is physically impossible – the furniture would have been swept away by the blast wave, and there would have been damage marks on the classroom wall and the outer fence.”

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The Moscow official said that the findings of the Russian drone could be verified by the American side, as during its photo mission, a US MQ-1B Predator UAV was in the same area.

Konashenkov also added that it is an “indisputable fact” that no Russian Air Force plane was present in the airspace in the vicinity of the school on the morning of the supposed attack.

The attack was first reported by the controversial two-man, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Civil Defense Network, also known as the White Helmets, which claimed that 22 children and six teachers died in an aerial assault on Wednesday morning.

Later the same day, Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, called the incident a “tragedy” and an “outrage,” and said that “if deliberate” it amounted to a “war crime.”

“Our evidence points to UNICEF falling victim to another scam from the White Helmet fraudsters. Before making resonant statements, UNICEF should check its sources more carefully, to protect the reputation of the respected organization,” continued Konashenkov.

The White Helmets is a Western-funded volunteer civil defense body that operates in Syria. Its official mission is to offer first aid to victims of bombings, but Syrian and Russian authorities have accused the White Helmets of spreading anti-government propaganda, and of close ties with Islamist rebels.

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Claims of Egypt Selling Mistral Ships to Russia ‘Nonsense’ – Russian MoD


 The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire


   The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Friday claims by the Polish defense minister alleging the sale of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers by Egypt to Russia for $1, calling them ‘nonsense.

‘MOSCOW — The Egyptian embassy in Moscow refuted the claims earlier in the day.

   “Statements by Antoni Macierewicz about the sale of Mistral-class helicopter carriers by Egypt to Russia are nonsense,” ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

   “Macierewicz regularly makes statements of this kind to promote his image,” Konashenkov stressed.

   In August 2015, Paris and Moscow formally terminated the 1.2-billion-euro (some $1.3 billion at current exchange rates) deal on the construction and delivery of two Mistral-class warships. Shortly after, French President Francois Hollande confirmed that a deal had been reached with Egypt on the delivery of two Mistrals to the Arab country.

   On Tuesday, Anatoly Punchuk, deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said that Egypt had appealed to Russia to supply Ka-52 helicopters (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) for the Mistrals.

Russia Shows Belgian Ambassador Proof Belgian Jets Struck Village in Syria


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    Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Belgian Ambassador Alex Van Meuwen to present him with proof that the Royal Belgian Air Force took part in strikes at the Hassajek village near Aleppo, Syria.

   “On October 21, Belgian Ambassador Alex Van Meuwen was summoned to Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting with the Ambassador, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov said that it is puzzling that Belgium is continuing to pesistently deny the fact that the Royal Belgian Air Force performed a strike on the area near Aleppo on October 18, in consequence of which civilians died,” according to a statement issued on Friday.

     “The Belgian diplomat was presented with proof of the Royal Belgian Air Force’s involvement in the bombardment of the Hassajek village. It is stated that detailed information about technical aspects of the flight path of two F-16 jets was sent earlier to Belgium’s military attache in Moscow.”

   Earlier on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry released the detailed information about the airstrike on Hassajek, which had resulted in destruction of two houses and deaths of six people.

According to Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the aircraft that took off from Al-Azraq air base in Jordan have been immediately identified to be F-16, and their affiliation was established as that of the Belgian Air Force.

Russian, Syrian Radars Prove Belgian Jets Strike Syrian Village – Russian MoD



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    The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian and Syrian radars proved that Belgian jets struck a Syrian village of Hassajek.

    The Russian Defense Ministry will unveil flight path details of the Belgian Air Force jets at the time of the deadly strike on a village near Aleppo in Syria, Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

   “Russia has effective air defense means to maintain round the clock monitoring of the air situation over almost the entirety of Syria. Besides us, Syrian air defense systems that have been restored over the past year control airspace… Not to be unfounded, today we will present information about the flight route and the actions of the Belgian Air Force and US Air force aircraft in Syrian airspace on October 18,” Konashenkov said.

   The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said it had received local reports of an airstrike by Belgian F-16 fighter jets on Kurdish positions in the village of Hassajek. Neither Russian, nor Syrian aircraft were in the area, while the Belgian defense minister dismissed claims of responsibility.

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu announced the stop of airstrikes in the area of Aleppo

Today, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held teleconference with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces.

Issues of implementation of the State Defence Order and realization of 2020 Activity Plan of the Defence Ministry in military districts and the Northern Fleet were discussed in course of the teleconference.

Before listening to reports of the leadership, the Head of the defence department informed the participants about decisions aimed at situation stabilization in the area of the Aleppo city (Syrian Arab Republic).

“Today, strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force are finished at 10:00 (MSK) in the area of Aleppo. Early termination of the airstrikes is essential for holding a “humanitarian pause” on October 20, 2016”, said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

According to him, it will allow to guarantee security of civilians leaving the city through 6 humanitarian corridors and to prepare casualty and medical evacuation from the eastern part of Aleppo.

“We apply to the leadership of countries influencing on armed formations active in the eastern part of Aleppo with a proposal to convince their leaders to stop warfare and leave the city,” stated the Minister of Defence.

According to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, by the start of the “humanitarian pause” the Syrian troops will have been withdrawn to the distance safe for insurgents to leave the city with weapons through two special corridors: one – along the Kastello road, second – in the area of Suk al-Hai market.

“We believe that the Russian initiative is to promote success of work held by military experts from different countries, which starts tomorrow in Geneva,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

In accordance to the Defence Minister, the work is mainly aimed at dividing terrorists from the “moderate opposition” and their withdrawal from the eastern part of Aleppo. A group of Russian military specialists have already arrived in Geneva.

“Everyone who is really interested in the early situation stabilization in the Aleppo city is to launch real practical activities instead of political red taping,” said the Minister of Defence.