There are no Russian ground troops or special forces in Syria

Summary

News about the participation of Russian special and ground forces in the battles of Idlib is again false news. There are no Russian ground troops in Syria.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that Russian ground troops are not active in Syria. There is a wide spectrum of sources disproving this claim. 

In 2016, Russian military intervention helped President Assad's forces regain control of territory in Syria. As a result, Moscow built up substantial ground forces throughout Syria. Estimates place around 4,000 troops on the ground including private military companies such as ENOT Corp, “Wagner” and Morgan Security Group PMC. Subsequently, Russia established a permanent military presence at naval and air bases in Syria. Last year, President Putin said that Russia has no plans to pull its military out of Syria. 

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Idlib, Syrian War
  • Outlet: RT Arabic
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Disproof

No evidence given to support the claims concerning the demise of Ukraine, imminent World War 3 or around the claims about an influx of migrants. Similar disinformation message to a previous claims made in the Russian media, in 2017, that Ukraine will accept 20,000 refugees instead of Germany. See the debunk here. See also article on EUvsDisinfo website on how Ukraine stands out as the country, most targeted by disinformation by pro-Kremlin media.

 

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Disproof

WikiLeaks did not publish this video. The user who published the video on Youtube is promoting mainly conspiracy content on his account.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative painting Russia and its proxies in east Ukraine as sworn enemies of fascism.

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