Ukrainians are undergoing the hellish attacks that Syrians suffered for years from Russian-supplied weapons to dictator Assad and from direct Russian bombing by its air force. On April 4, four children were killed by Syrian regime’s artillery shelling on Maaret al-Naasan village. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the children were killed on their way home to school. On the same day Russian planes bombed in other areas of northwest Syria.
Assad-Russian attacks are pitiless, with marketplaces, schools and medical facilities often targeted. In 2016, Doctors Without Borders reported that “Hospitals in opposition-held parts of Syria are refusing to share GPS coordinates with Russian and Syrian authorities because of repeated attacks on medical facilities and workers.” Normally facilities would make that information public because that would prevent attacks, but in Syria it was giving Russia/Assad coordinates that was used to make bombing hospitals easier. In Syria, Russian planes often used a “double-tap” strategy, bombing a target once and then waiting a while and bombing the rescue workers who came to dig victims out of the rubble.