Russian defence ministry says Syria shot down most of the Western missiles launched against her

RUSSIA'S defence ministry has claimed that  Syria successfully shot down most of the missiles launched against it by the US and its allies in an aerial bombardment yesterday using anti-aircraft technology bought from Moscow.


Early this morning, the US, UK and France participated in the launch of air strikes against Syria in response to the ongoing war there, claiming that the government was using chemical weapons against insurgents. Fighter jets pounded the cities of Damascus and Homs in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week in Ghouta.


According to Russia's defence industry, however, the missiles were downed by Syria's air defences as they approached their targets. A Russian defence ministry spokesman said that Syria repelled the Western attack by air defence complexes made in the USSR over 30 years ago.


He added: “The Syrian air defence system has been conducting an anti-air fight. Syrian means of air defence including the S-125, S-200 Buk and Kvadrat air defence systems, were used in the repelling the missile strike.”


According to the Russian military, the massive missile strike on objects of military and civilian infrastructure was conducted by US warships jointly with the UK and French air forces at 3.42am Moscow time. A total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched at targets in Syria, with two US warships carrying out the attack from the Red Sea, and B-1B bombers from the al-Tanf area.


Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has slammed the Western states’ move, saying that the strike has been launched at the capital of a sovereign state that has been fighting for survival for years amid terrorist aggression. Also, she added that Russia had proof that the chemical attack in Douma had been a provocation and had been staged by Western-backed non-governmental organisations, including the White Helmets.


Among the targets attacked were a scientific research facility in Damascus and Syrian army depots in the Homs area. US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House, while British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said they had joined in the attack.


Syrian state media said the attack would fail and called it a flagrant violation of international law, while Russia’s ambassador to the US said Moscow had warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. It is not known whether Russia intends to enter the fray now to back Syria's President Assad.




But is it now common knowledge that Russia has been backing Syria, and has been the only reason they have been able to resist the west