Russian Forces are building a forward base with a helicopter landing zone along with a number of posts right on the border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 14.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the new base and posts are being built in the outskirsts of the town of Ma’adan Atiq.
“Russian forces have begun transferring equipment and logistical materials to their new base via helicopters,” the group said in its report.
The SOHR also revealed that the Syrian Arab Army 5th Corps, which is known to be supported by Russia will establish a network of posts around Ma’adan. The posts’ mission will be to guard the new Russian base.
From the new base, Russian forces can support the ongoing efforts against ISIS in central Syria and supply their units in the northeastern region.
Russian forces have been working to strengthen their presence in Raqqa for a while now. Earlier this week, a delegation of the Russian military visited Tabqah Air Base in southern Raqqa, that is held by the US-backed Forces. Russian forces may soon move into the air base.