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>> Reuters has obtained rare evidence of a covert Russian mission in Syria bearing witness to Russians returning from the country. The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with any private Russian citizens involved in fighting on the ground in Syria. But on three occasions, Reuters reporter saw groups of men flying in from Damascus and being bus directly to a defense ministry base.
That base in Mokino South West in Russia, home the Russian 10th Special Forces Brigade.>>
> Moscow's role in Syria efficient extends to air strikes, a small number of special forces and the training of Syrian troops. The ministry of defense did not immediately respond when asked why the individuals were traveling to ministry base.
The Kremlin said in February that Russians might be in Syria, but that they are not part of Russians armed forces. But several of Reuters sources, including one contractor, have said that many 2000 Russian contractors are fighting with Syrian forces. The sources said they are transferred to the country by Syrian airline, Sham Wings.
On April 17 Reuters reported saw a Sham Wings flight from Damascus land to civilian airport in Rostov on Don. And watched groups of men leave the terminal through a separate exit before boarding three busses. They briefly stopped in an area mainly used by airport staff before driving 220 miles south to village of Molkino.
There, they briefly paused at a checkpoint man by servicemen before driving in. A Reuters reporter witness the same journey on March 25th and April, the 6th. Relatives, friends, and recruiters of fighters have told Reuters that private contractors have had a training camp in the village for some time.
The Russian defense ministry website even says it's a facility with a recently renovated firing range. One way the ministry trying to counter terrorist operations, tank battles and sniper shooting.