Russian forces have been filmed fighting alongside Government forces in Syria, according to a state-run Damascus television station.
Russian speaking soldiers were filmed by the station, with Russia’s most advanced armoured cars beside them. The cars have only been used by the Russian army since last year, marking the footage to be relatively new. In more unconfirmed footage, Russian Yakovlev air crafts have also been seen flying in Syrian airspace, which has sparked theories that Russia will be commencing with air strikes against potential ISIS targets.
Igor Sutyagin, a Russian Military specialist based in UK’s Royal United Services Institute, did not confirm whether or not the videos were real, however he did state that the language that was spoken in the videos were Russian.
The White House has condemned this apparent move, calling it “destabilizing and unproductive”. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest also added that America would be monitoring any further reports on Russian involvement in Syria.
Rebel fighters in Syria have also expressed their belief in the presence of Russian soldiers, stating to The Independent that “The Russians have been there a long time. There are more Russian officials who came to Slunfeh in recent weeks. We don’t know how many but can assure you there has been Russian reinforcement”.
Syrian rebels have been gaining ground against the Government forces since the commencement of the Civil war in 2011. The war itself has left 220,000 people dead and 4 million people displaced. The conflict has also made it possible for terror group ISIS to gain power around Syria.