A group of Russian activists said on Thursday they had evidence that Russian aircraft deployed in Syria were armed with cluster bombs, challenging official denials. Last month, the international rights group Human Rights Watch said recent evidence on the ground suggested that Russia had either dropped
cluster bombs in Syria, provided a new batch to the Syrian airforce, or both. Russia’s Defence Ministry denied HRW’s allegations. But the Conflict Intelligence Team, a group of Russian investigative bloggers, on Thursday published photos and video footage taken from Russian media and the defence ministry which the group said showed the munitions at the Hymeymin airbase in Syria, which is used by the Russian airforce.