“Fast, decisive, brave action”: On the occasion of the army holiday, Kremlin leader Putin extols the deployment of Russian troops in Syria. In eastern Ghuta the situation is escalating meanwhile more and more.
East Ghuta is still under continuous fire. The troops of the Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad want to shoot the rebel stronghold ready for the storm. It’s one of the worst waves since civil war broke out nearly seven years ago.
The regime in Damascus would probably not have been able to last so long without the support of Vladimir Putin. On the “Day of the Fatherland Defender” in Russia, the Kremlin chief has now praised the actions of his armed forces in Syria. “Through quick, decisive, valiant action, they helped the Syrian army smash large and well-equipped terrorist groups,” Putin said at a religious ceremony in Moscow.
Russia is currently under criticism because it does not stop the attacks on East Ghuta, which also hundreds of thousands of civilians are exposed to the bombing. (Read this commentary on the situation in East Ghuta)
On the army holiday Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On February 23, Russia commemorates the founding of the Red Army in 1918. For the 100th anniversary of the celebrations with reconstructions of historical battles, festivals and concerts were particularly large.