The Russian military has set up a number of checkpoints in the YPG-controlled district of Sheikh Maqsoud in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to local sources and media activists.
Check points have been reportedly set up by the Russian Military Police in order to monitor the situation and to increase security in the area.
Various sources say that between 10 to 20 Russian military servicemen are involved in this effort.
In December 2016, unconfirmed reports appeared that Kurdish YPG fighters were withdrawing from Sheikh Maqsoud to northern Syria under some kind of agreement with the Syrian government. While these reports have not been officially confirmed, the deployment of Russian servicemen to the YPG-held area could indicate that Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliace is tightening control over Aleppo city and its nearby areas. This is needed to launch a wide scale humanitarian and reconstruction effort in the city. More about it here: