Russia’s Colonel General Viktor Bondarev claimed “not a single bombing raid missed the target”. The only way Russia could have hit 100% of their targets would be if their target was the ground.
Throughout the campaign, Russia’s own Ministry of Defence footage shows bombers releasing non-guided munitions in stark contrast to the Western forces which exclusively use guided munitions to minimise collateral damage.
In October last year, Russian strikes killed at least 13 people after hitting a field hospital in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The strike took place on the town of Sarmin in the northwestern province of Idlib on 20 October. The group have also claimed that Russia’s air strikes in Syria have so far killed 370 people, one third of them civilians, since it started.
Additionally, a Russian cruise missile of a type used in Syria hit a remote village in the north of Russia after going off course during a test flight, the defence ministry said it caused no damage when it fell near the town of Nyonoksa on the White Sea coast in the Arkhangelsk region. Nyonoksa is by the White Sea, 40km west of Severodvinsk, a test range is near the village.
In October, four Russian cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea fell short of their targets in Syria and crash landed in a rural part of Iran.
It was been widely reported that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. It’s unclear where in Iran the missiles landed, Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the likely flight path for missiles into Syria would cross over both Iran and Iraq.
Russia claimed “not a single bombing raid missed the target”, while no modern air force has a perfect record, this is clearly incorrect.