Russia begins withdrawing troops from Syria
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin told the Kremlin that their mission had been accomplished and it is now time to focus on peacetalks. Russia entered the Syrian civil war last September, and its bombing campaign helped the Syrian government forces to recapture territory from rebel groups. But it has been accused by Syrian activists and human rights groups of targeting moderate opposition groups and causing significant civilian casualites. Berlin based journalist Lucian Kim has been covering Russia and its role in eastern europe and the middle east for two decades.