The Russian passenger jet downed over the Egyptian Sinai on 31 October 2015 killing 224 people was due to a bomb, according to Vladimir Putin, following alleged confirmation on the 17 November 2015 by the Russian FSB.
It is alleged that a homemade device with the power of 1.5 kilograms of TNT was detonated.
Russia has confirmed it will be increasing airstrikes in Syria and reports suggest cruise missiles have been launched at Raqqa from the Mediterranean Sea.
Long range strategic bombers have also been in combat action for the first time according to the Russian MOD.
- Youtube video Russian MOD (17 Nov 2015) – Long range aircraft attacking infrastructure in Syria:
Quote: ‘Long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out strikes with air-based cruise missiles on the ISIS terrorist objects within the air operation’
‘In total, in the course of the first day of the air operation, 127 combat sorties aimed at 206 terrorist facilities have been planned. By now, the Russian aviation have performed 82 combat sorties and engaged 140 objects of illegal armed groups. The operation is being continued. Subsequent massive airstrikes will be carried out in accordance to the air operation plan.’
‘The number of combat sorties carried out by the Russian Aerospace Forces has been doubled. That allows performing crushing and pinpoint strikes against the ISIS militants all over the territory of Syria.’