Russian Ka-52 combat helicopters and Su-25 attack aircraft have joined the air grouping, assiting the Syrian army’s operation to liberate the ancient city of Palmyra from the ISIS terrorist group, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported.
This move is aimed strengthen the fire power of forces involved in operations against ISIS terrorists in the area.
“It is designed to compensate for the lack of Syrian artillery strike capabilities, as well as to provide effective support to government forces advancing on Palmyra,” the newspaper reported, citing an anonymous military source.
Ka-52 and Su-25 involvement are also aimed on increasing of the close air support capabilities of the Russian air power involved in anti-ISIS operations near Palmyra.
On January 26, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces seized two hills north of the Tiyas Airbase west of Palmyra.
According to local sources government forces are going to expand a buffer zone around this key defense site prior to launching a wide-scale advance on Palmyra.