Syria’s state-run al-Watan daily reported that the Russian military stationed more troops in the town of al-Mayadeen and in the small town of Mahkan in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
In the meantime, militant-affiliated sources said that a large volume of Russian army equipment has been sent to al-Mayadeen and Mahkan and Russian soldiers have deployed in different positions near SDF’s strongholds.
Also, al-Watan said that deployment of more Russian troops in Deir Ezzur came after tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Deir Ezzur region went high.
Russia has on many occasions criticized occupation of oil and gas fields in Deir Ezzur by the US and its militant allies and called several times for expulsion of the occupiers from the Eastern Banks of the Euphrates River, it added.
Militants’ media outlets claimed on Saturday that a military convoy of tens of Russian forces and military vehicles was dispatched to Albu Kamal region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur as the Syrian army continues cleansing operations against the ISIL in the region.
The Arabic-language al-Baladi news channel affiliated to the militants in Syria reported on Saturday that the Russian forces were deployed in regions near the SDF and US forces’ positions in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
It added that the Russian forces were for the first time deployed in the region after the Syrian army regained control of the Western banks of the Euphrates river.
Meantime, the Syrian army troops started military operations against the ISIL in Badiyeh (desert areas) of Deir Ezzur.
The Syrian army had earlier reinvigorated its positions in al-Sayal region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur near Albu Kamal after sending military convoys.