“This is the war guide that I have perfected over ten years of war.” Quentin Somerville, a BBC correspondent, reported from Kharkov in northeastern Ukraine while he was touring the apocalyptic streets. The city, now in ruins This evokes the devastation suffered by Aleppo in Syria.Conscient that they might be next target, they load injured children and women into the corridors at the local hospital. If attacked, the beds near the windows would prove fatal.
The Russian Army entered Syria in 2015 to support Bashar al-Assad’s troops. This was to theoretically stop the Islamic State from expanding.
In practice, the Moscow-sent troops and fighters undertook a Territorial rebel groups are under attack by a devastating bombing campaign. The same thing is happening in Ukraine. They are able to hit schools, hospitals, and markets without any shame.
From Idlib, the last stronghold in northern Syria controlled by opponents – which continues to suffer from Russian attacks – the White Helmets rescue group commented that “it hurts us immensely to see that the weapons tested on the Syrians are being used against civilians. Ukrainians». It was even recognized by President Vladimir Putin in 2018.“Our Army has gained combat experience in Syria through the use of new weapons systems.”Intercontinental ballistic missiles (IBMs), Su-57 fighter aircraft, the S-500 air defence system, and Armata tanks were first used. The power of cruise missiles that can reach up to 2,000km, incessant aerial bombardment campaigns and cyber warfare, as well as the expansion of paramilitary force, caused the Syrians to die in their own flesh.
Syrian opposition groups condemned the lack of warmth of the international community that, up until the invasion of Ukraine, considered Russia to be a nation. Putin, a legitimate diplomatic actor was blinded to the barbarisms committed by his army. Ahmad Rakan was displaced in one last rebel stronghold and was struck by a Russian fighter bomb at his home. He told the AP agency that he felt the pain of the Ukrainians more than anyone else.
Syria was more than a weapons lab. It also brought with it a new geostrategic doctrine. Putin believed that the United States’ global power was declining, China was rising and Europe was busy fighting its internal populisms. The Kremlin played the diplomatic card and created joint military patrols in rebel border areas with Turkey (a NATO Member); a tacit agreement to let Israel bomb pro-Iranian targets. Or coordination with Washington to stop their fighters colliding over the skies of Syria.
Russia disseminated its propaganda strategy and disinformation strategy through bots, which helped to “deny that” Assad used chemical arms against his civilian population. Festivals were held in areas that were under the Damascus regime to promote Russian culture. The flags and traditional songs of Russia were broadcast on television and hot food rations were provided to the people. So, he was able to portray the Russian Army in a “defensive shield” against Islamist extremism. Students at universities in Damascus drew this week. A huge human Z, the symbol used by the Kremlin’s tanks to occupy a neighboring country.
The Russian presence in Tartus, a naval base in the Mediterranean city of Tartus, was not intended to oppose the US and NATO military might. Six warships from Syria were sent to the Black Sea by six warships to participate in military exercises. This was on February 8, while Putin had already amassed thousands of soldiers at Ukrainian borders.
During the 2008 Georgian war, Putin realized that he had inherit an incompetent army with obsolete weapons and poor communication systems. The Russian armed forces were prepared for the Syrian military campaign. He was not able to defeat guerrilla forces, as was the case with Chechnya. The Kremlin was determined to build a navy capable, with modern weapons, of defeating any country like that of NATO member nations.
Syria gave Putin the confidence to challenge the West. His participation in the Arab nation was justified under the pretext of a “fight to terrorism.” Now, mass destruction can be whitewashed by attempting to overthrow a “coup” Ukrainian government and “denazify” the country.