exclusive: russia, despite draw down, shipping more to syria than removing
MOSCOW (Reuters)- When Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia\'s military contingent from Syria, it was expected that the Russian Navy icebreaker Yauza was an icebreaker of the Russian Navy, it is also a major Russian Navy ship that will return home to its Arctic port. On the contrary, three days after Putin made a statement on March 14, the Yauza, part of the \"Syrian Express\", the nickname was given to ships that provided Russian troops, depart Russia\'s Black Sea port, new rosisk, for Russia\'s naval base in Syria, Tartus. The things it carries are very heavy; It sits very low in the water and can hardly see its load line. Within two weeks since Putin announced a partial withdrawal, movements by Russia and other Russian ships showed that Moscow actually shipped more equipment and supplies to Syria than it brought back, Reuters analysis showed. It is not yet known what the ships carry, nor how much equipment has been flown along with the giant cargo aircraft returning to war planes. But these actions Although only partial snapshots- It is recommended that Russia is stepping up its efforts to maintain its military infrastructure in Syria and provide supplies to the Syrian army in order to expand its scale again quickly when needed. Putin did not elaborate on what prompted the move, but Russia\'s base in Syria was under any apparent threat and there was no indication that President Bashar al- Assad, Moscow\'s closest Middle East ally, is in danger and is likely to trigger a strong return. Russia has an air base in Hmeymim and a naval facility in Tartous. Putin said Russia will keep the two weapons, which need to be well protected. Senior Moscow researcher Mikhail Barabanov said: \"There is no reason to reduce traffic as the main part of the force actually stays there -- Military think tank. \"The material of the Syrian army is also important. Moscow did not disclose the size of its military presence in Syria, nor did it disclose details of the withdrawal. According to Reuters, about half of Russia\'s fixed assets Syria-based wing strike forces flew out of the country a few days after some of the withdrawal was made public. The exact number of Russian aircraft is secret, but analysis shows that it has about 36 fixed aircraft. Military aircraft there. On Monday, state television broadcast footage of three heavy attack helicopters taking off from Syria with some support personnel. However, a review of shipping data, official information, tips on maritime security sources, and photos of Russian vessel blogs from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus channel, there is no indication that the Syrian Express is being shut down. Reuters analysis of the same data shows that Russia may also have strengthened its naval power in the Mediterranean, and now warships near the Syrian coast seem to have made more statements than when Putin took office. Their duty is to protect the cargo ship. Their presence also gives Moscow the option to launch cruise missiles from the sea. Russia seems to have more than a dozen military ships in the Mediterranean, including zeldol warships equipped with terrain. According to the official Russian media and the official Turkish online project Bosphorus Navy News database, embrace Kalibr cruise missiles that are accurate to less than three metres. Barabanov of CAST said Moscow might maintain that strength. \"There are not many ships in Russia that can stay in the Mediterranean. The role of the force is to ensure the activities of the \"Syrian Express\" and to show it to the west and later to Turkey. \"The Russian Defense Ministry did not answer questions about what the Russian Navy did in the Mediterranean, nor did it answer questions about whether there were plans to reduce its presence. The public database does not show Russian warships and most auxiliary vessels. But most of its ships are seen and photographed on the way from Russia to the Mediterranean through the Bosphorus, and vice versa. In most cases, however, it is not possible to track military transport to the port of destination, which means that the data is only partial. Since Moscow began to scale down in Syria, Russia has sent two landing ships, usually used to transport troops and armor. Caesar Kunikov and Saratoga Travel to the Mediterranean with auxiliary cargo ship Yauza. Across the Strait Thursday, salatov looked crowded heading south to Syria. Its load line was significantly lower than in March 14 when it was photographed traveling in the Russian direction. At the same time, two warships Alexander otrakovski and Minsk And Dvinitsa- On the 50 th, an auxiliary vessel, was photographed by Turkish bloggers passing the Bosphorus on his way back to Russia. There are at least two return ships, the Alexander Otrakovsky and the devinica. 50, it looks like it\'s uninstalling on their way back. The photo shows that when a large landing ship, the otterrakovsky, returned to Russia, the location in the water was higher than when it crossed the strait in March 2. It is not clear if it carries troops or equipment. Load Line for Dvinitsa- On March 20, the 50 th was photographed on its way back to Russia on the Bosphorus, also above the water. It seems unlikely that Russian troops or equipment will appear on any returning vessel. None of them looked like they had heavy cargo on board. Minsk has returned to Syria. It was photographed passing through the Bosphorus on Tuesday. Its bow sits deep in the water; Its goods are invisible. Non- Military shipments between Russia and Syria also showed no signs of weakening. Two weeks before Putin announced the withdrawal, four cargo ships involved in the supply operation docked in Syria. Fifth, the Russian ferry Alexander Tkachenko, previously taken in a military truck on board, may also be there. The Reuters shipping database shows that it is approaching Syria, but it suddenly disappeared for a few days before it started again Appeared on the way back to Russia, meaning that during that time its forwarder was not turned on. Within two weeks of Mr Putin\'s announcement, five cargo ships, including a tanker, arrived in Syria.