As is reported a surprising development to Russian involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
1. "Syrian troops launch ground offensive in central regions"
"DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in the country's central region under cover of Russian air strikes, a Damascus official said. And in the first salvo from the sea, Russian warships fired missiles into Syria, with Moscow saying they were targeting militants."
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". . . Russia is using warships in the Caspian Sea to target the Islamic State group in Syria. Shoigu [Russian Minister of Defense] told President Vladimir Putin in televised remarks that Russia on Wednesday morning carried out 26 missile strikes from four warships of its Caspian Sea flotilla."
According to the wiki there are NO RUSSIAN WARSHIPS IN THE CASPIAN SEA FLOTILLA CAPABLE OF FIRING NAVAL SURFACE-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES WITH THE ADEQUATE RANGE TO ENGAGE TARGETS IN EITHER SYRIA OR IRAQ!
2. "Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from Caspian Sea'"
"Russia says it has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea - about 1,500km (930 miles) away."
Warships of the Caspian Sea Flotilla have been reinforced? That Don-Volga Canal does allow for vessels of ocean-going capacity to sail from the Sea of Azov to the Caspian.