Russian Federation continues to actively contribute to destabilization in the Middle East in order to use the refugee factor as a hybrid attack against the countries of the European Union. Russian airplane made airstrikes in Syria provoking new waves of refugees to the EU.
On November 11, 2021, Russian Air Force launched a series of strikes in Idlib de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria. An airstrike on a poultry farm near the city of Idlib killed five civilians, including three children. Four people were hospitalized. According to sources in the Syrian opposition, the airstrike was delivered at 11:05 local time by a Su-34 airplane of the Russian Air Force. In total, there were three explosions. On Thursday, November 11, the Russian Air Force also attacked the Maaret-Misrin area in northern Idlib, where a large number of refugee camps are located. This was reported by the international news agency Anadolu.
In 6 years, almost 7,000 civilians were killed in Syria by the strikes of the Russian Air Force
According to the annual report of the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which was published on September 30, 2021. Russia’s illegal military intervention in the Syrian conflict, including bombing by Russian aircraft, has caused the death of 6910 civilians, including 2030 children.
Migration crisis as an element of the Russian hybrid war
On November 11, InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community also highlighted the facts of the private Syrian airline Cham Wings Airlines operating a series of direct flights from the Syrian international airport of Damascus to the airport of Minsk, Belarus. The airline is under the US and Ukrainian sanctions for taking part in the transportation of Russian Wagner private military company mercenaries from the Russian Federation to Syria.
What is to be done and what is being done?
On November 15, at a press conference in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine is strengthening the border and is coordinating its actions with Poland and Lithuania. “This is a hand-made crisis targeted at Poland and Lithuania, an attempt to provoke you, to put pressure on you, to sow divisions inside of your societies on how this crisis should be handled,” stressed Dmytro Kuleba.
On November 15, Ukrainian diplomat, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, commenting on the crisis brought about by the concerted actions of Putin and Lukashenka on the Polish border, advised the European Union to close the border with Belarus in response to the cynical use of migrants as hybrid weapons. “Those who create a crisis at the borders have no right to receive economic benefits from the borders,” stressed Pavlo Klimkin.
There is a clear algorithm of interaction between the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation with the regime of the Syrian dictator Assad and the regime of the Belarusian dictator Lukashenka. A consistent hybrid operation orchestrated by the Kremlin is underway to create a migration crisis in Europe. Illegal migrants and refugees from the Middle East become hostages in the military and political provocations of Moscow. They become the Kremlin’s weapon to create tensions on the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. Such actions can be either a standalone factor of political blackmail in order to achieve (for Putin hiding behind Lukashenka’s back) beneficial agreements with the EU, or they can be a factor in diverting the West’s attention from Russian aggression directed against Ukraine.
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