A Russian warship and submarine have terminated four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at ISIS targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said today.
The strike, which Russian news offices said was the first of its kind since November, was carried out by the frigate Admiral Essen and the submarine Krasnodar, and targeted terrorists and equipment in an area east of Palmyra.
The defence ministry said the hardware and forces struck had previously been deployed by ISIS in Raqqa.
“All targets were destroyed,” it said in an announcement.
Russia had warned the United States, Turkey and Israel before launching the missiles, the ministry said.
It didn’t state when the strike occurred, yet Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov as saying that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had personally told President Vladimir Putin about the military action late yesterday.
The last time Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles from its ships at ISIS targets in Syria was in November a year ago, the RIA news organization said.
Separately, photos distributed today by Turkish bloggers for their online Bosphorus Naval News project demonstrated a Russian Syria-bound ship going through the Bosphorus carrying a consignment of military trucks.