The helicopters were used for patrolling the area around Russia's Hmeymim Air Base, as well as escorting aircrafts on takeoff and landing, reports BBC.

According to Russia 24 TV channel, there are still attack helicopters at the airbase capable of accomplishing such missions.

It was reported earlier that Vladimir Putin ordered the bulk of the Russian military contingent in Syria to be pulled out.

However, satellite imagery and analysts with Stratfor think tank provided evidence that the bulk of the Russian troops will most likely stay in the country.