3 Russian officers were injured today in the explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device near the city of Kobani, northeast Syria.
Local sources said the explosion targeted a Russian patrol observing the region to conduct later joint patrols with Turkey in accordance with the Erdogan-Putin ceasefire agreement on October 22.
This explosion comes after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said few days ago that Russian military police who are conducting patrols “see a very kind attitude of the Kurdish population because the people there see and understand that the Russian army is there to protect them. This is a hard fact.”
During the joint Turkish-Russian patrols, demonstrators used to throw stones and paint balls at the Turkish vehicles, avoiding the Russian vehicles deliberately.
The joint patrols come in accordance with the Erdogan-Putin ceasefire agreement on October 22, which halted Turkish military operations outside the already occupied regions between Sere Kaniye and Tal Abyad, and in return removed SDF from the border lines to some 30 km to the south.