November 8th, 2015

Beyond the airstrikes: Russia's activities on the ground in Syria

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Ayas Saryg-Ool, a soldier of Russia's 74th Separate Mororized Rifle Brigade in Hama
Vladimir Boldyrev, marine in Hama
Syrian express and equipment for Asad
OTR-21 Tochka
BTR-82A in Asad's army
BM-30 Smerch
Personal equipment
Advisors and artillery spotters
Volunteers or acting GRU Spetsnaz servicemen?

Recently we published a post, expanding on an investigation by The Interpreter on a Russian convoy spotted in Latakia governorate. Apart from the fact that the convoy was spotted far away from the official Russian base in Syria, it was proven to have been moving away from the frontline. This looked like Russian ground troops returning to Hmeimin airbase from the front. The convoy had a 152-mm howitzer 2A65 "Msta-B", which is not fielded by the Syrian army. You can read a summary of our and others' findings in English here.

Recently the InformNapalm investigation team published an article on a soldier of Russia's 74th Separate Mororized Rifle Brigade (military unit 21005) Ayas Saryg-Ool, who is currently in Syria. Ayas published several photos of him riding in a vehicle in Syria (which he admitted in the comments). We have geolocated the image:

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This stretch of road is located in the city of Hama, Syria:

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