The Russian Defense Ministry has sent military cargo to Syria through the Bosphorus, maritime and aviation expert and Duvar English contributor Yörük Işık said on Twitter.
Russia’s #Syria campaign continues: Heavily laden #ВМФ Project 775 #ЧФ Black Sea Fleet 197th Landing Ship Brigade’s Ropucha class LSTM (tank carrying landing ship) Novocherkassk 142 transits Bosphorus towards Mediterranean en route to #Tartus pic.twitter.com/NfDwxZTqmP— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) June 1, 2020
The heavily laden ships were headed to Syria's Tartus from Novorossiysk, he also said.
Turkish Coast Guard TCSG19 & RHB4306 and Istanbul Maritime Police kept an eye on #ВМФ Project 775 #ЧФ Black Sea Fleet 197th Landing Ship Brigade’s Ropucha class LSTM Novocherkassk 142 during her Bosphorus transit towards Mediterranean. pic.twitter.com/vtwZBZ44cA— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) June 1, 2020
The Bosphorus connects the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, and passes directly through Istanbul. Russian forces in Syria have been relying on it as a major supply route between their home ports in the Black Sea and their base in Tartus.
On May 28, Russia also sent trucks and military cargo to Tartus.
Russian Ministry of Defense owned Oboronlogistika‘s heavily laden Russian flag ro-ro Sparta II transited Bosphorus towards Mediterranean en route from Novorossiysk to #Tartus #Syria carrying GAZ ГАЗ 66 шишига trucks for SyAA use & military cargo. pic.twitter.com/osF5aCi28r— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) May 28, 2020