The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected allegations by the United Nations that Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria last year, saying the U.N. investigators are in no position to know what is happening on the ground.
“We strongly reject these claims,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “It’s obvious that one committee can not have reliable information of what is happening on the ground.”
A report by a U.N. commission found that Russia - the Syrian government’s main ally against rebels and militants - conducted air strikes on a popular market and a camp for displaced people that killed dozens of civilians in July and August.
Part of the agreement is to establish a secure corridor along the M4 highway. The latter has appeared in the fighting in recent videos posted here. The corridor will reach 6 kilometres either side of the M4. The details of the corridor are to be agreed to within a week."I express hope that these agreements will serve as a good basis for a cessation of military activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone [and] stop the suffering of the peaceful population and the growing humanitarian crisis," Putin said.
Erdogan told reporters the truce would come into effect at midnight on Thursday.
"We will work together to supply aid for the Syrians in need," he said, adding that Turkey retained the right "to respond to all [Syrian] regime attacks in the field."
The two leaders also agreed to establish a secure corridor near the M4 highway, which runs east to west through Idlib, and hold joint patrols along the road from March 15.
In a joint statement read out by the Turkish and Russian foreign ministers, the two sides said the corridor would stretch six kilometres to the north and six km to the south of the M4 – effectively advancing Russia's presence further north into Idlib.
They said their defence ministers would agree on the parameters of the corridor within seven days.
Further, much more recent reports, on the use of Krasnopol munitions in Syria.Putin's agitprop machine has also its English outlets (RT is most known one). So it is not hard to detect apparent bias in this case.
Russian internet site 'Russian Arms' reports about tests (in real combat operations) of high precision, lazer guided shells Krasnopol in Syria.
В Сирии испытано новое российское оружие
The shells 152mm (there are 155mm modifications) can be used with existing hovitzers - Soviet D-20 (1947) for example. Probability to hit target on distances up to 30km is 90%.