Ultimatum to the terrorists in Sarakib
On Tuesday, the high command of the Syrian forces presented an ultimatum to the hostile forces, currently surrounded in the city of Sarakib, in the south-east of Idlib province. They were suggested to “Lay down their arms for the sake of the lives of the civilians”, “do not hold onto the civilians», and «do not use them as human shields in a hope for a military assistance from Turkey”. The statement from the Syrian high command was announced by the SANA news agency. The statement also expressed «the readiness of the Syrian army to immediately repel any hostile actions» by the Turkish forces, whose presence in Syria is considered to be illegal by the the Syrian High command.
The ‘Al Hadath’ TV reports that the Syrian army is approaching the city of Sarakib, in the province of Idlib. The city has an outpost of the terrorist group ‘Jebhat al-Nusra’. According to the ‘Al Hadath’ TV — the city is surrounded from 3 sides. The Syrian military are located 1 kilometer away from Sarakib. On Tuesday, the Syrian state-owned news agency ‘SANA’ reported that the government forces liberated several towns to the east and the north from the city of Sarakib. The Syrian military is trying to block the city, and force the terrorists to surrender.
3 Turkey — Syria
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the Syrian government to pull the Syrian military away from the Turkish observation posts in the Syrian Idlib until the end of February. Erdogan also called on the Russian President Vladimir Putin to apply pressure on the Syrian President Bashar Assad to fulfill this demand. According to Erdogan — Turkey will be forced to do so on its own otherwise. He also underlined that the Turkish forces «have a right on the self-defense in Idlib» from the attacks of the Syrian army.
4 the USA
The ‘Reuters’ reports, while citing their sources, that the USA suspended, for a while, the secret program, joint with Turkey, of the scout flights by the US drones over the territories, controlled by the forces of the Syrian Kurds. The scout flights were performed by the unarmed US drones, from the military base ‘Incirlik’, used by the air forces of Turkey and the US. The decision was made after Ankara launched the military operation “Source of Peace” in Syria. There is no official confirmation of the complete cessation by the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey, or the Pentagon.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister Alexey Goncharuk, during a meeting with the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, announced that the Ukrainian government decided to create a ministry for the «occupied territories». The ministry will be engaged in the reintegration of Donbass. The decision was made in accordance with the instructions of the Ukrainian president. Until that time, Ukraine had a joint Ministry for Veterans, Temporarily Occupied Territories, and Internally Displaced Persons.
2 Russian Air Force aircraft landed on Wednesday at the Tyumen airport with people evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The first aircraft had 80 people with personal belongings on board. Among them were 10 citizens of Belarus, 3 citizens of Kazakhstan, 1 citizen of Armenia and 1 citizen of Ukraine. The second aircraft had 64 people on board. The evacuated from Wuhan people, Russians and citizens of other countries, will be placed in a rehabilitation center with autonomous infrastructure, 30 km away from Tyumen. This was reported by the Governor of the Tyumen region, Alexander Moor. The press service of the Ministry of Defense clarified that there were no infected among the aforementioned people. It was clarified that the pilots and the specialists that accompanied the evacuated Russians from the Chinese province of Hubei will undergo an additional treatment for the prevention of diseases. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.