Syrians recount horror under Russian air attacks
Often seen as one of the most brutal battles in the Syrian civil war, pro-government forces retook the city of Aleppo from the rebels in 2016. That bloody offensive was made possible by Russia’s rounds of heavy aerial bombardment, including targeting non-combatant facilities such as hospitals.
Now, as Russian forces continue their invasion deeper into the heartland of Ukraine and launch more intense air strikes on urban areas, Syrians are recalling the horror from attacks orchestrated by the same military.
In Syria, empathy towards Ukrainians is widespread as many experienced the ordeal of living under Russia’s intense air attacks.
By backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has stood firmly with the Kremlin on the invasion of Ukraine, Putin has tested his military capacity in Syria as well as the West’s response.