According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia is providing Syria with equipment and training.
However, the US government disclosed that Russia is constructing a new military base in order to help Assad. The capacity of this military base is sufficient to accommodate more than 1000 military personnel.
In addition to this, a number of Russian cargo flights brought military supplies, which also included a shipment of tanks.
There are many assumptions, but nothing is official yet. The only thing that is certain is that Russia is backing Assad.
As sources of this information remain anonymous, it is hard to determine whether such allegations are true.
However, satellite footage of the military base in Lakatia is the first genuine evidence of Russia’s actions in Syria.
When the satellite image compares to the previous Google map image, it can be concluded that something has changed.
Based on this satellite image, an extensive construction of a military canton at Bassel al-Assad International Airport can be observed. This military base could be used for Russian combat air operations and for other military purposes.
Aircraft tracking sites show that Russian transport planes are arriving to the base on a daily basis.
Thus, it can be concluded that Russia has taken more direct steps in Syria.