The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: In the area of the movement of the UN humanitarian column in Syria, a US drone operated
From the statement of Igor Konashenkov on the situation with the UN humanitarian column:
To begin with, the Ministry of Defense of Russia has the data of objective monitoring of the air situation in the evening of September 19, when an airstrike on humanitarian contingent was allegedly inflicted.
Russian planes did not plan and did not inflict any strikes in the area of the settlement of Urum-el-Kubra. In this area they were not at all.
Moreover, in the evening of September 19, during a telephone conversation, the Russian representative of the air group command at the Khmeimim airbase was informed in detail about this by the representative of the US Air Force command with the rank of colonel.
His name is well known to the American side.
However, the same evening, 19 September, precisely in this area, in the air, at an altitude of 3600 meters and moving at a speed of about 200 kilometers per hour, was the shock drone of the international coalition that took off from the Turkish airbase Injirlik.
On the basis of an effective reflective surface (EOC), this aircraft was identified by our air situation monitoring systems as an unmanned aerial vehicle of the type PREDATOR ("Predator").
Moreover, this unit went into the area of the village of Urum-el-Kubra, where the convoy was located, a few minutes before its ignition. And left after about 30 minutes.
I want to emphasize that, as in the case of the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor 17 of September, when as a result of a coalition airstrike more than 200 people were injured, we do not make unsubstantiated conclusions.
The question for what purpose this drone was at a given point at the right time and what tasks it performed there, its owners know.
Especially for Mr. Ben Rhodes explain.
This type drones can not only monitor the situation, but also direct ground-based weapons, as well as independently inflict high-precision strikes on ground targets.
Igor Konashenkov continued:
In recent days, the unsubstantiated accusations of Russia in the alleged non-targeted bombardments of Syria (for example, today in Khan Tuman) are growing exponentially.
This reception has long been known to all. And his motives lie on the surface.
Our western colleagues are doing everything to “make up” against the background of information noise: the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor, deliberately deflecting the attention of the world public from unleashing an offensive on Aleppo by militants of “Dzhebhat al-Nusra” and thereby concealing the failure of the United States in breeding moderate forces opposition and terrorists in Syria.
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