Russian troops in Syria include Crimean marines, reports Argumenty Nedeli.Crimea citing RBK. The total number of Russian soldiers in Syria should not exceed 2 000.
Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed that Military Space Forces have established a temporary airbase on the Hmeymim airfield near the Syrian city of Lattakia. According to Igor Konashenkov, the official spokesman of MoD, the unit based there used for air strikes in Syria consists of 50 airplanes and helicopters.
The airbases in Lattakia and Tartus are guarded by a battalion task group of marines, Konashenkov said, confirming the reports in media of soldiers of 812th brigade of marines being sent from Crimea to Tartus. Currently the battalion tactical group consists of about 500 soldiers.
Russia has started carrying out airstrikes on September 30 stating that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has requested military aid from Russia.