Putin orders start of Russian military withdrawal from Syria, says ‘objectives achieved’ https://www.rt.com/news/335554-putin-orders-syria-withdrawal/
Russia is upping its combat helicopter capability in Syria: Both the Mi-28N/Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” and the Ka-52 “Alligator”combat helicopters have been spotted around/stationed at Hmeymim airbase on March 16. The Ka-52 has no blades, which probably means it has only recently been transferred to Syria. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Photo showing Ka-52 in the background of Sukhoi Su-24:
The Ka-52 can be seen at the beginning of this video footage:
The Mi-28N helicopter captured at 0:15 seconds of the video:
Ceux qui s’en vont ce sont les bombardiers tactiques su-24 et 34, les avions d’attaque su-25 ainsi que les hélicoptères mi-24 restent. La Russie compte également garder une flotte de chasse active à Hmeimim… Les systèmes S-400, Pantsir et Krasukha ne sont pas concernés par le retrait. S’en vont également le gros des consultants et formateurs militaires déployés auprès de l’AAS. N’oublions pas cependant que la Russie compte renforcer sa présence navale en méditerranée avec l’annonce officielle de l’envoi d’un porte avion en armes dès le mois d’août prochain pour une présence permanente au port de Tartous.
“Throngs of opposition supporters took to the streets in the rebel-controlled parts of Syria to celebrate the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the country after a 6 month deployment.
Unbeknownst to those opposition supporters, the Russian Air Force is not going anywhere; in fact, the Russian Federation is only withdrawing its ground forces that were primarily stationed in Latakia to protect their aerial assets.
Yes, the Russian aerial assets are staying in Syria, including their sophisticated S-400 anti-aircraft missiles that were deployed to the country after the Turkish Air Defense shot down a Russian fighter jet over the Latakia Governorate. However, the Hmaymim Airfields are fully secured and the Latakia Governorate is on the verge of being under the complete control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
So, in reality, the Russian Marines stationed in the Latakia Governorate are not currently needed anymore.
Making matters worse for the opposition, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are situated at both the eastern and western borders of the Idlib Governorate, leaving them within 15 km of the strategic cities of Jisr Al-Shughour and Saraqib.
Leading the attack against the extremist rebel groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Jund Al-Aqsa in the Idlib Governorate will be the Russian Air Force, who will continue to carryout airstrikes against Jihadist factions.
This news may have been missed by the opposition’s media because their supporters are cheering as if Russia is completely withdrawing from Syria.”
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-withdraws-ground-troops-not-air-force/ | Al-Masdar News
j’ai la même ici mais en français
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