BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Russian Federation sent another large batch of tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC) to the Syrian Arab Republic, as they increase their support to the Syrian Armed Forces.

According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Federation sent ВМФ Project 1171 ЧФ Black Sea Fleet Assault Ship Brigade Tapir class LST Saratov to the Syrian port-city of Tartous this week, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has affected much of the world. 

In the photos released by Isik, the Russian ship can be seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas, as it made its way to Tartous.

As pointed out in the post above, the ship was carrying 150 tanks and APCs that were destined for the Port of Tartous; they will likely be delivered to the Syrian Armed Forces.

While there is a fragile ceasefire in northwestern Syria, it is expected that the Syrian Armed Forces will resume their offensive operations in the coming weeks, as the Turkish-backed militants have refused to withdraw from all territories south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway).

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Pater
Pater
2020-04-11 12:12

This ship can only carry 40 APCs OR 20 tanks, not 150.

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kinggeor
2020-04-11 16:11
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Obvious typo see Assault Ship Brigade Tapir (NATO:Alligator) class LST Saratov 150 transited Bosphorus (carrying tanks/APCs) towards Mediterranean en route to #Tartus. It appears during translation 150 indicates the class of the ship not the number of assets on board cargo.

Eric Rodgers
Eric Rodgers
2020-04-11 20:59
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They probably got confused by the name of the ship, hopefully not on purpose.
LST Saratov 150

Ben Mosche Mcshit
Ben Mosche Mcshit
2020-04-11 23:17
Reply to  Pater

Not 150 but much more than 20 tanks. At least 50 unit.

Hayton
Hayton
2020-04-13 05:40
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What did you expect, accuracy? Fact-checking? A grammatically correct translation? I fear you may be disappointed.