Russian Defence Ministry Summed Results in Syria
Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Andrei Kartapolov summed up the results of the actions of the Russian air group in Syria for the last month.
In total, aircraft of the Russian air group have performed 1391 combat sorties engaging 1623 terrorist objects.
249 different command and communication centres;
51 terrorist training camps;
35 plants and workshops equipping cars with explosives;
131 ammunition depots;
371 strong points and fortified positions;
786 field camps and different bases.
"The airstrikes of the Russian aircraft caused considerable changes in the situation in Syria. Terrorists suffered significant loses. The logistic and control systems of illegal armed groups, which had been built for recent years, were disrupted. Main command and communication centers were rendered inoperative. The largest bases supplying terrorists with armament fuel and ammunition were destroyed. Infrastructure used for terrorists’ training was eliminated," Andrei Kartapolov said.
"The ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra lost the initiative and were forced to defensive tactics all over the frontline. Stability of control over illegal armed groups was disrupted. This was ensured by elimination of 28 odious terrorist leaders. Thus, in the course of the last two days, four such persons were eliminated in al-Ghab area (Idlib province)," he added
To obtain political and financial support from abroad, the leadership of several illegal groups forming part of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping decided to reject their symbols and to join the Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham, which was considered to be a member of "moderate opposition" by the West, Russian General Staff believe.
"Air strikes of the Russian aviation gave the Syrian Army opportunity to carry out offensive operations in the Aleppo, Lattakia, Idlib, Homs, Damascus provinces and to make the terrorist leave vast territories," Andrei Kartapolov said.
He told that in the course of the last three weeks of combat actions, the Syrian Army has liberated more than 50 large inhabited areas, about 350 square kilometers. The civilians started returning to their homes in several towns and villages. Thus, near Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces liberated 19 settlements. The governmental forces repelled all the terrorists’ counterattacks and continued their offensive at Kwaires in order to unblock it completely.