updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

As we have learned, opponents of Bashar al-Assad have released footage taken near the Syrian-Turkish border allegedly proving the use of chemical weapons by the Russian and Syrian air forces.

As far as we know, the crew filmed these alleged air raids resulting in the deaths of children in the best traditions of Hollywood. Special effects, particularly yellow smoke, were used to make it look believable.

We would like to use this opportunity to stress once again that special operations by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force exclusively target the terrorist groups ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra at the request of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, and chemical weapons are never used in such operations.