Russian troops have arrived in Syria's Latakia, here are their barracks

Published October 4th, 2015 - 07:00 GMT
Russian involvement in Syria's conflict has magnified in recent weeks, alarming Western powers and bulking up Assad's manpower. (YouTube)
Russian involvement in Syria's conflict has magnified in recent weeks, alarming Western powers and bulking up Assad's manpower. (YouTube)

As Russian warplanes continue to descend upon Syrian skies, ground troops from Moscow are mounting in the Syrian regime stronghold of Latakia. 

A new video out this week appears to show the barracks where Russian soldiers are holding fort.

In it, Russia Today reporter Murad Gazdiev walks around what he says used to be a barren patch of land in coastal heartland city. Now it's dotted with mobile kitchen units, sleeper bunks and fresh bread with "flour shipped in from Russia."

Like the airstrikes that unfolded last week, Russian manpower on the ground is an important turn in the Syrian conflict.

A Reuters report in early September quoted Lebanese sources who said Russian troops were conducting military operations alongside Syrian troops, though their numbers were so far small. Then last week, a Russian parliamentary vote approved the use of more ground forces to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country. 

And while the video doesn't specify how long the troops have been stationed in Latakia, it does suggest they're setting up to stay for a while. 

"In a short period of time we erected tens of objects of field infrastructure such as refueling points and storage depots, as well as bakeries and laundry facilities," one Russian soldier tells Gazdiev.  

Watch the video below. Via YouTube. 

 


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