About 10,000 people cross through the Russia-manned checkpoint daily according to Col. Sazanov. (AP Photo)
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At a mobile medical clinic in central Syria's Homs province, a Russian doctor takes an elderly woman's blood pressure.Russia began an air war in support of Assad in 2015, swinging the conflict in his favor, but it is now increasingly seeking to depict itself as a peacemaker and humanitarian donor in the war-devastated country.The evidence is on clear display near Dar al-Kabira, where Russia is monitoring a "de-escalation zone" between regime and rebel forces agreed in August.Russian army Col. Alexander Sazonov, head of the Dar al-Kabira checkpoint, said the buffer zone had been set up two months ago and was already improving the situation for civilians.The zone in Homs province is part of a deal agreed in May by Russia, Assad ally Iran and rebel backer Turkey to create four "de-escalation" areas in Syria.Aid convoys are protected by Russian military police.
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