Today makes the first day where pauses in fighting between terrorists and the Syrian Arab Army have taken place in Eastern Ghouta. The only problem is that while Syria continues to adhere in the Russian drafted cessation agreement ordered by a directive of Vladimir Putin, terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta not only continue to fire on Damascus, but they have shelled and fired upon humanitarian corridors which were supposed to be used to evacuate the few remaining civilians in the region in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2401.
According to Russian military adviser Viktor Pankov,
“On February 27 at 9 a.m. a humanitarian corridor was opened for the civilians’ exit from the de-escalation zone. Now intense fire is underway from the militants’ side and no civilians have left”.
In spite of this clear violation of the UN Resolution which the US and its allies voted in favour for, the US has thus far refused to make any public statements ordering its proxies in Eastern Ghouta to allow for the safe passage of humanitarian aid and civilian evacuations. Instead, the US and its partners continue to agitate for war upon Syria, something that would constitute their own violation of the UN Resolution they claim to support.
As Eurasia Future reported yesterday:
While some had questioned why Russia voted for a general Syrian ceasefire that it had opposed in an early draft form, the reality is that because Russia worked to secure a clause exempting terrorist groups from the pause in violence, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will still be targeting hostile Takfiri jihadist groups occupying Eastern Ghouta on a daily basis, as they have done over the last several days.
Today’s news that the competing Takfiri groups in Eastern Ghouta have set up a joint command centre, has de-facto played into the hands of Syria as it will now be even more straightforward to classify a united terrorist font in Eastern Ghouta as a single unit, which it was for all intents and purposes even before the formal merging of jihadist command centres.
While the US continues to threaten Syria based on false reports from the pro-Al Qaeda organisation White Helmets, as the US and its allies voted in favour of the UN Security Resolution authorising the ceasefire, the US would be in violation of the Resolution it voted for were it to engage in any military action against Damascus.
In this sense Russia has secured a geopolitical victory against the US and its hostile partners, while also securing an opportunity for the Syrian Arab Army and its battlefield allies to concentrate its efforts on liberating Eastern Ghouta after years of brutal terrorist occupation, all the while protecting the citizens of Damscus from terrorist attacks emanating from Eastern Ghouta based jihadist groups.
Today’s events have already proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US and its allies have no intention to force the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta to comply with either the letter or spirit of the recently passed Security Council Resolution.