The Ukrainians are suffering the infernal attacks that the Syrians have suffered for years because of the weapons supplied by Russia to the dictator Assad and the direct Russian bombardments by his air force. On April 4, four children were killed by Syrian regime artillery fire on the village of Maaret al-Naasan. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the children were killed on their way back to school. On the same day, Russian planes bombed other areas of northwestern Syria.
Assad-Russian attacks are ruthless, with markets, schools and medical facilities often targeted. In 2016, Doctors Without Borders reported that “hospitals in opposition-held areas of Syria refuse to share GPS coordinates with Russian and Syrian authorities due to repeated attacks on medical facilities and workers.” Normally the facilities would make this information public because it would prevent attacks, but in Syria it gave Russian/Assad coordinates which were used to facilitate the bombing of hospitals. In Syria, Russian planes often used a double-tap strategy, bomb a target once, then wait a while and bomb the rescuers who have come to pull the victims out of the rubble.