Russia sends 300 troops from Chechnya to Syria

About 300 military police officers from Chechnya have been sent to Syria to carry out special tasks in the 30-kilometer zone on the Syrian-Turkish border, reports TASS with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The Chechen soldiers left for Syria from an airfield in North Ossetia. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the military police will help with the withdrawal of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the weapons 30 kilometers away from the Turkish border.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the most trained military personnel who have experience in such operations and have been trained at the Military Police Center in Vladikavkaz have been sent to Syria.

The first group of military police officers from Chechnya arrived in Syria on 23 October.

In addition, more than 20 Tiger and Typhoon-U armored vehicles will be transferred from the airfields of the Rostov region and Krasnodar region to the Khmeimim airbase.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on joint actions in Syria. On October 23, Russian military police and the Syrian military have been deployed in areas bordering the Turkish operation zone in Syria. Kurdish forces were given 150 hours to leave the 30-kilometre zone along the Turkish border.

On October 9, the Turkish army launched an offensive on the Kurdish areas.  On the night of October 14, Kurdish leaders appealed to the Syrian government for help, and Russia brokered the talks.

  Russia, Chechnya, Syria