On January 6, a Moscow-based online newspaper Lenta.ru published an article providing a surprising version of the battle for the Armoured Vehicles Base, which is ongoing between militants and pro-government forces in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta.
According to Lenta.ru’s article, at least 100 Syrian army troops including few generals and colonels have been killed in the area over the last week. The article continues that according to pro-militant sources, about 400 Syrian soldiers have been killed. Lenta.ru also published a video of what it called a “mass surrender” of Syrian troops in the area of Harasta, close to the Armoured Vehicles Base.
The numbers provided by Lenta.ru are also in contrary to what pro-militant media outlets and supporters really claim. For example, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 53 fighters of pro-government forces had been killed in clashes for the Armoured Vehicles Base since its start in late December.
It’s interesting to note that Lenta.ru’s article refered some Telegram channel as a source of it info. While it’s clear that the fog of war does not allow to provide a precise coverage of some events (like the ongoing army counter-attack, for example), it’s strange to see that a major Russian media outlet provides its war coverage using some Telegram channel as its only source of info about the situation on the ground.
A screenshot of the article published by Lenta.ru (source):