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Five soldiers have died as a result of downing of Russian helicopter in Syria. It was the biggest single loss of life for Russia in Syria since September 2015. The tragedy occurred shortly after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the creation of three humanitarian corridors in Aleppo for exit of peaceful civilians and another - for militants.
During ten months of Russian military actions, television has been broadcasting daily reports about the military victories. Russian aircraft destroys countless posts of the terrorists and thousands of enemies. Russian intelligence has mastered an unbelievable art; it can determine the nationality of the “enemies” from the air! Moreover, each time it is indicating the exact number of the victims.
Russian audience is watching this little victorious war from the sofas. The TV screen shows something like a computer game, a sort of catching the Pokemons. There is only one small problem here. The second most important Syrian city of Aleppo has been released for many times already.
Now, if you try to find at least some sense in the recent statements of the Russian General Staff, the situation seems to be completely strange. The number of the militants is increasing, despite the triumphant reports from the Defense Ministry. The militants are going to surround the Syrian troops, which recently have been going to surround Aleppo. It means that Assad's forces now need to forget about humanitarian corridors, and think how to escape.
No, this war is not as easy as catching Pokemons. This is a bloody internal strife, and Russia did not come to destroy the terrorists on foreign soil. Having started the fighting in the Middle East, Moscow tried to force Washington to resume the dialogue, which was frozen due to the notorious events in Donbas and Crimea. And Putin has reached his aim. Guerrilla war is a quagmire, from which it is very difficult to escape. First of all, because it is infinite.
Putin has tried to get out of the game announcing the withdrawal of the group after the release of Palmyra and the announcement of a truce. It is obvious that this maneuver was failed. However, as it happens in civil wars, the enemies come back to life and attack. But the resources of Assad’s army are clearly exhausted. Sooner or later, the Russian generals would offer Putin to quickly finish it with the ground operation. Just as American generals once suggested President Johnson to conduct "escalation" in Vietnam...