London-based rights group Amnesty International said this week that Russia’s bombing of Syria had killed many civilians and could amount to a war crime. Russia’s Defense Ministry strongly rejected the allegations.
“The Military Space Forces have never hit civilian targets in Syria,” said Viktor Bondarev, Colonel General and commander-in-chief of Russia’s Aerospace Forces. Pilots are well-trained and “have never missed their targets, have never hit … so-called sensitive places: schools, hospitals, mosques,” he said.
Bondarev also said that the supply of Russian surface-to-air S-400 system to Syria had helped to “set the (Syrian) air space in order.”