Russian officials have confirmed that three troops were wounded Tuesday in an attack by Turkish proxy militias in northwestern Syria.
“On December 29, at 15.45, during the security operation related to the withdrawal of the Turkish observation post in the area of the Trumba settlement in the southeastern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone, an armored personnel carrier of the Russian military police BTR-82A was fired upon from an anti-tank missile system from the territory under the control of the pro-Turkish bandit formations. Three Russian servicemen were slightly injured,” Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Sytnik, the chief of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria said.
Admiral Sytnik said that the injuries to the Russian troops weren’t life-threatening, although the troops were all evacuated to a military hospital where they were treated.
Russia and Turkey have backed opposing sides in the ongoing Syrian civil war. While Russia has been a long-time ally and supporter of the regime of President Bashar Assad, the Turkish government has been a supporter of several opposition groups. Russian airstrikes have been carried out indiscriminately hitting both civilians and Turkish troops.