The success of this nascent air campaign has helped Moscow to wield increasing influence in Damascus and beyond.
"Russia has essentially displayed its flag in the Middle East, pushing the United States and its allies out of the region," the media outlet noted, adding that Moscow achieved this without scheming or double talk.
- Yes, it was a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law91.3% (7510)
- No, such accidents are inevitable in the course of military operations8.7% (712)
This has become more evident following a 30-minute US raid on a hospital in the Afghani city of Kunduz run by the Doctors Without Borders aid organization. The bombing, condemned worldwide as a gross violation of international humanitarian law, left more than 20 people dead and more than 30 people wounded.
The magazine also maintains that when Russia fired cruise missiles from its naval ships in the Caspian Sea against ISIL targets it showed that Moscow controls the skies over Syria at the moment.
Pundits saying Rus will have no more success than US in Syria are idiots. Russia/Assad/Iran can defeat ISIS because they will actually try.— gia scarlett (@giatny) 30 сентября 2015
"Putin wants to scare his enemy, destroy it psychologically and then physically. Thanks to long-range missiles, the new master of Syrian skies has made it clear that his rockets will reach any enemy target," defense website Difesa Online pointed out, echoing Panorama.
Russia, according to Difesa Online, has always used this tactics: employing fear to disorient the enemy and hitting its soft underbelly.