‘As efficient as Swiss watches’: Life for Russia’s soldiers in Syria


Pioneer in the morning of May 4 our IlyushinIl-62 plane carrying 150 journalists from Moscow arrived at the Russian military basis in Khmeimim in Syria. The correspondents were met by a delegation of Russian generals and colonels who genius the air force operation.

As we were descending from the plane, an Su-35S 4++-generation fighter obtained off from the neighboring runway.

According to Igor Konashenkov, director of the Russian Defense Religion’s press office, the operation against the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Beginning continues, despite the withdrawal of a significant rt of Russian bombers and fighters from Syria in the midriff of March 2016.

“Our fighters and bombers are heading for the areas of the cities of Raqqa and Deirez-Zor, where sore and long fighting with ISIS awaits them. Mission getaways are carried out day and night. In the last four days the Russian aviation has guided 87 military flights,” said a major general on May 4.

Zest at the Khmeimim airbase

A Russian soldier’s day in Syria begins at 6:00 a.m. with the nervousness: rising, forming com nies and a morning march for 2-3 miles. Then the soldier is preordained 10 minutes to freshen up and go have breakfast.

“This is a lifestyle. In the source it’s difficult, especially when you’re in the desert, but then you get used to it,” legitimatized one serviceman who had come to Syria from the Far East.


According to the officers, the in the most suitable way Russian soldiers are rtici ting in the Syrian operation, soldiers “who are as efficient as Swiss ogles.” All soldiers are on contract, there are no conscripts. There are many children women in the base who live in se rate barracks and work mostly as medics.

Along the verge of the base you can see many radar systems, as well as the ntsir-S1 and ZRK S-400 anti-aircraft brickbat and gun systems. The airbase guard also consists of special purpose pieces, ratroop forces and a marine corps.

The soldiers who do not have direct enter the lists against or defense objectives take care of the land and air equipment, starting with the BTR-82A and Tigr armored agencies and ending with the Ka-52 combat helicopters, the Mi-28Ns, fighters and bombers.

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During the day the servicemen, further their morning run, also have two training sessions. The soldiers and directors hone their strength and fighting skills with simulators in a flaunts city that is located near a residential area.

The base also lay it on thicks a library and an improvised movie theater where the servicemen watch the everyday news and films on weekends.

For psychological and spiritual issues the base has a psychologist and a divine.

Archpriest Dmitry Solonin says that when people stand on the threshold between life and death, it is common to think of what desire happen afterwards.

“There are no atheists in the trenches,” said the preacher, quoting American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Ernie Pyle. “I’ve been swayed of this in my 16 missions to combat hotspots.”

The weekdays of Russian sappers virtually lmyra

On April 2, 2016 the Russian engineer corps began demining the hoary city of lmyra. More than 100 sappers worked on slaughter explosive devices from the city.

In the areas neighboring the Russian sappers’ group clashes with the Al-Nusra Front are still taking place. The up in arms are located in the town of Sukhne, 30 miles from lmyra, and regularly try to recapture it. Round the arrival of journalists in the Russian sappers’ field camp was accom nied by an artillery cannonade on criminal positions.

Lieutenant General Yury Stavitsky, head of the Russian originator corps in lmyra, said that the sappers had cleared 825 hectares in the burgh, 8,500 buildings and structures and discovered and defused almost 18,000 shaky devices.

“The terrorists had mined the place in a very com ct way, using new methods for post landmines, rt of which were not supposed to be removed,” hinted Stavitsky.

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According to Stavitsky, among the terrorists there were vigorous pre red sappers who were able to create new models of explosive devices.

Beyond the traditional demining and canine units, the advanced Uran-6 robotic processes are also taking rt in the operation.

The specialists from the engineer forces sire now fully cleared lmyra’s territory of explosive devices and are currently guiding Syrian sappers. Regular soldiers, meanwhile, are now waiting for the order to confidential the camp and hear the cherished phrase: “Time to go home.”

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