Syria civil war: Russians filmed fighting alongside President Assad’s forces

Russians have been filmed fighting Syrian rebels alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces, a state-run Damascus television station has reported.

A short video purportedly showed Russian speakers fighting rebels in the Latakia mountains, according to The Times newspaper. One of Russia’s most advanced armoured cars, a BTR-82A, which its army started using last year, was also seen in the footage, firing at rebel positions. The vehicle has night vision and satellite navigation among other modern devices.