With Syria, withdrawal of all Russian su-25, reported Wednesday, may 4, reporters the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov.
“We showed a withdrawal of our troops from the air base Hamim. In particular, the displayed aircraft — bombers, attack aircraft, su-25. In particular, su-25 all completely withdrawn from the air base” — quoted Konashenkov RIA Novosti.
In General, according to him from the air base Hamim removed about 30 aircraft, as well as a significant number of personnel who was involved in the maintenance of equipment, transportation of ammunition and other supplies.
Currently, according to the representative of the Ministry of defense in Syria is “as much forces as we need in order to perform the task of combating international terrorist groups ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra” (both organizations recognized in Russia is prohibited)”.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin on March 14 at a meeting with defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ordered the withdrawal of most Russian military forces from Syria. He noted that he believes that the tasks set before the Ministry of defence, have been generally complied with. The head of state noted the points of basing of the Russian armed forces in the port of Tartous on the base Hamim will continue to “operate in the same mode, they must be protected from land, sea and air”.
On the morning of 15 March, the first group of Russian aircraft left Syria. The first group was composed of “the leader” — the Tu-154, as well as multifunctional su-34 bombers. At the same time the correspondent of TV channel “Russia 24″, located at the airbase, said preparing to fly three types of aircraft — the su-25, su-24 bombers and a multipurpose aircraft su-34”.
On the same day by Reuters, after analyzing the frames shown on state television, has estimated that Syria is derived from almost half of Russian aircraft. In turn, the representative group of U.S. troops in the counter-terrorism coalition Colonel Steve Warren said that the withdrawal of Russian VKS from Syria has not led to a significant degree to the reduction of the combat power of Russia in this country. According to him, the aircraft, after the Declaration about the withdrawal of troops continued to carry out flights, though not attacked. In addition, in Syria, Russian artillery, which, according to Warren, is helping Syrian troops in the attacks on is militants.
In April, the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, citing high-ranking sources in the Pentagon, wrote that American intelligence began to notice the movement of Russian artillery units in the neighborhood of Aleppo in Northern Syria and in the province of Latakia, where there is a concentration of the government troops. The sources noted and the strengthening of the Russian air support to the Syrian army.