Polish and Ukrainian soldiers in Iraq will not take part in offensive military operations, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Evgenii Marchuk and Polish Defense Minister Ezhi Shmaidzinski.
As reported to a Rosbalt correspondent by the Ukrainian defense ministry, Marchuk said Sunday in Warsaw that Ukrainian peacekeepers in Iraq were not there to take part in offensive operations, but were on a humanitarian mission to protect canals, communications and public sites.
Ukrainian troops numbering 1,600 have been in Iraq since September of last year in the Iraqi province of Vasit, in the Polish sector of operations.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge