On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies announced start of the Operation “Grand Dawn” in eastern Syria. The aim of the operation is to expel militants from the eastern desert and to set a foothold for a push to Deir Ezzor. The declaration followed a major success of government forces in southeastern Homs where they had liberated about 5,000 km2 and got a full control over the Damascus-Palmyra highway.
From the newly appeared photo it’s possible to see that the howitzer is deployed is a desert area, meaning it’s somehwere in the coountryside of Palmyra or north of Suweida. It’s not known yet if the 2S19 Msta-S is operated by Russian or Syrian crews. However, it’s worth mentioning that Russia did hand over dozens of T-90A main battle tanks to the SAA and all of them is operated by the SAA.