First Deputy commander of the Central military district Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” (partially published on the website “RG”) admitted that he is in command of the military grouping of the Russian armies in Syria.
He confirmed the participation of ground units in operation (this part is not yet published interview quoted by “Interfax”). “I will not hide that on Syrian territory there are divisions and our special operations forces,” said Dvornikov. According to Manilov, the Russian military personnel carried out additional exploration of objects for strikes of Russian aviation, was involved in bringing aircraft on targets in remote areas, and decided the “other special tasks”.
The commander also noted that Russian military advisers continue to work in Syria “at all levels, including the tactical.” “Officers are assisting the Syrian colleagues in the planning and conduct of combat operations against terrorists, as well as in the development of Russian military equipment”, — explained the Janitors.
He added that on the territory of the Russian airbase Hamim is a center of reconciliation. “There are over 60 Russian officers, most of them distributed in the provinces,” said A. Janitors.
In September 2015, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is not planning a ground operation. “Support will be provided from the air without ground operations,” he said at a meeting with members of the government.
After the award ceremony, the speaker of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov told The Guardian that a ground operation in Syria was not, and the Deputy commander of the first Panzer army Yuri Rowicki received the award for the training of the Syrian military.