Russia Destroys Unidentified Drones Flying Over Hmeymim Airbase in Syria - MoD
There has been no damage of victims as a result of the incident, which took place on June 30, while the Hmeymim airbase returned to operations on a scheduled basis.
Russian servicemen had been deployed in Syria in fall 2015 at the invitation of the Syrian legitimate government, who asked Moscow’s assistance in the fight against terrorism. In December 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Daesh* in Syria had been completely destroyed. Following the terror group's defeat, Russian President Putin proclaimed "victory over terrorists" and ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian forces from the Syrian soil.
Currently, two Russian bases: in Tartus and Hmeymim, as well as the center for Syrian reconciliation are operating in the country. The Hmeymim airbase was equipped with S-400 missile defense systems in the wake of an incident when a Su-24 was shot down in November 2015.
*Daesh (also called IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) — a terrorist group banned in Russia.