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Residents carrying Free Syria Army flags chant slogans as they protest against Russian air strikes in Syria, in Aleppo on October 2.

Russia Says Syria Air Strikes Will Intensify

Russia has said that it will step up its air strikes in Syria after announcing that its air force has flown more than 60 sorties since September 30 and significantly reduced the military potential of "terrorists." More

A TOS-1A Buratino multiple rocket is launched during a military drill at the Prudboi training ground in Russia's Volgograd region. (file photo)

Kyiv, Rebels Begin Weapons Pullback

Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels are due to begin withdrawing small-caliber weapons from the front lines in the east of the country on October 3. More

U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia’s approach to Syria is a “recipe for disaster” at a White House news conference on October 2.

Video Obama: Kremlin Brewing 'Recipe For Disaster' In Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected Russia’s views on Syria’s four-year-old crisis, saying that not everyone who is opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is a terrorist, as the Kremlin maintains. More

Moscow Soccer Team Sorry For Fans' Chants

The Russian soccer team Lokomotiv Moscow has apologized after its fans chanted discriminatory slogans during a Europa League game. More

A boy carries bread in the Syrian city of Latamneh, which was reportedly hit two days ago by Russian air strikes.

Video Diplomatic Tension Rises Over Syria Strikes

Russia says it has launched a third day of air strikes in Syria and hit 12 Islamic State (IS) targets as diplomatic tension continues to mount over the aims of Moscow's moves in that war-torn country. More

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Is Russia Really Bombing IS Militants In Syria?

Despite Moscow's claims that it is targeting Islamic State militants in Syria, there are suggestions that Russian air strikes might have been well off the mark. More

As Putin And Obama Troll Each Other, Twitter Memes It Out

The U.S. and Russian presidents addressed the United Nations the same day, prompting Internet users to compete in their interpretation and mockery of the two world leaders. More
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'I Want To Be In These Fights': A Russian Volunteer Sets Sights On Syria

As Moscow launches air strikes in Syria, a Russian volunteer says he and a band of like-minded men are setting off to fight alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) militants. Disillusioned with the rebels in eastern Ukraine, Bondo Dorovskikh says he is driven by an addiction to battle and the desire to combat the "evil" of IS.

The U.S.-Backed Groups In Syria That Say They Are Being Bombed By Russia

At least two Syrian rebel groups backed by the United States say they were bombed in Russian air strikes this week in Moscow's bid to bolster its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, in the country's four-year-old civil war.

'Irreproachable' Air Strikes: Russian Media Spin The Syria Offensive

After a dramatic day that saw Russia unexpectedly launch a campaign of air strikes in Syria, RFE/RL takes a look at how the country’s state-dominated media justified and explained the military action to its own people.

Video Putin's Strategy In Syria: Clever Gambit Or Doomed Game Plan?

Putin is betting on Assad as the only power in Syria able to roll back the Islamic State extremist group. But experts give mixed assessments of the gambit's chances of success.

Video Syrian Opposition Posts Videos Of Russian Air Strike

Dozens of videos have appeared on social media showing what Syrian opposition activists claim are the results of a Russian air strike near the opposition stronghold of Talbisah. More than 20 casualties have been reported in the alleged strike.
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Video Russia Releases Gun-Camera Video Of Syria Air Strikes

Russia's Defense Ministry distributed video on October 1 that it says shows air strikes by Russian military jets hitting targets inside Syria. This video has no audio. (Reuters)

Video Russian-Made Toy Soldiers Join Battle For Hearts And Minds

In Russia, patriotism and politics can seep into all aspects of life, even children's toys. One small business in Moscow is churning out toy soldiers that pay tribute to the separatist fighters in Ukraine -- and is using some of its profits to contribute to the conflict.

Video Trial Of Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Resumes In Russia

A single demonstrator protested outside the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko as the court hearing resumed in Russia's Rostov region on September 29. Savchenko is accused of complicity in killing two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, charges she vehemently denies.

Video Putin Calls On Muslim Leaders To Fight Islamic State Militants

Russian leader Vladimir Putin spoke directly to Muslim leaders during his speech to the UN General Assembly and urged them to join the fight against Islamic State militants. (Reuters)

Video Putin Calls It A Mistake Not To Work With Assad

At the United Nation's General Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was a huge mistake not to cooperate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military in the fight against Islamic State militants. (Reuters)

Video Obama Calls For Transition 'Away from Assad' in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama called for new leadership in Syria and a 'managed transition away from Assad' during his speech to the United Nation's General Assembly in New York. (Reuters)

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