Russia is planning the evacuation of Russians who are living in Syria. While the Western powers have prevented the confectionary redelivery of three (repaired) old Soviet helicopters to Syria, the country is now filled with modern NATO weapons.
After the grouchy joint press conference by Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama is the first serious information about the situation in Syria a message on vedomosti.ru.
This messages states that several Russian ministries – the Department of Defense, the Ministry of Disaster Management, as well as the Russian fleet – have confirmed to the newspaper now that there are actual commands available about the preparation of plans for an evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria.
The Russian armed forces, including the fleet, as well as other services, have begun to make a start on certain responsibilities regarding the situation in Syria; in the first place, this could be the evacuation of Russian citizens and military personnel from the country or from the Russian naval base in Tartus (Tartous).
There are approximately 80000-100000 Russian citizens – including family members – in Syria, the Russian naval base at the Syrian city of Tartus (Tartous) has a planned crew of about 100 men. It is truly interesting that neither this past winter nor about a month ago, someone has spoken about an evacuation, namely, at times, as the situation in the country was really threatening due to the increased activity of the armed terrorist gangs.
Currently, the military situation has rather stabilized in Syria, and after several successful operations of the Syrian army, the situation tends rather back in a situation in favor of the Syrian government forces. Consequently, the Russian leaders rated the likelihood of a direct attack on Syria as very likely as it seems.
Surely that does not mean that Russia “gives up” Syria and the preparation of an evacuation is in the general situation a perfectly reasonable measure. At the same time is an indication that the Russian leadership will most likely stay with diplomatic means to avert the aggression but still.
Toys for the peaceful Syrian opposition
And while the British have stated, that they would have saved myriads of Syrian civilians in front of a massacre, naturally by the blockade of the “Alead” with the three scheduled reconditioned multifunctional helicopters type Mi-25 (Mi-24D “Hind”), the journalist Anhar Kotchneva has published many pictures of a lot of seized weapons of the Terrorist “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) after her trips to the Syrian city of Homs.
There are some interesting items between them:
In the picture below, you can see a M72 LAW from the far Pindostan (Pindosia, USA).
You were not able to find such a weapon in Syria, until recently; but in the last time, you can see this weapon frequently, e.g. on poser-videos of the armed gangs of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and in clips of the other radical groups of Islamists, criminals and mercenaries.
A sign for the recent and ongoing massive arms smuggling as well as for the “Western” sources of financing.
ANNA-News supplements the contributions by several reports about the securing of weapons, which are far more complicated and more expensive than the weapons which could be seen some months ago.
These include thermal imaging devices, tons of ammunition of the caliber .308 (sniper ammo), and the antihaemorrhagic compound “QuikClot”, which was developed and is still used by the U.S. military.
On the one hand, these reports testify the tremendous increase in the arming and funding from foreign powers (there are almost no more weapons of Soviet standards represented), on the other hand, they testify the success of the Syrian Arab Army in the curbing of this so-sponsored terrorism:
A Land rover in the Syrian city of Homs which was converted to an armored supply vehicle of the security forces (in the picture: Anhar Kotchneva).
This vehicle is primarily used by the Syrian police in order to supply the checkpoints, which one can only reach through streets which are observed by snipers of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), but these vehicles are also used in order to bring Syrian civilians back to their homes, where the civilians can fetch all the documents and valuables, which they had to left behind in the hurry of the flee.
An armored anti-aircraft vehicle which was retrofitted for the street fight (tracking device removed). It is parked at the stadium of Homs and is the only sure resource against the snipers of the Western-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA). (Date of the last two shots: 06/20/2012).