Russian jets have destroyed over 29,000 terrorist targets in Syria in the last 7 months, the Russian General Staff said Wednesday.
Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudshkoy commented on the anti-terrorist air-campaign in Syria as saying:
“Over almost seven months of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ military operation [in Syria], more than 9,500 sorties have conducted and some 29,000 terrorist targets have been destroyed,”
The results of the campaign go to 200 destroyed oil facilities since the beginning of the operation.
“The sources of finance of Daesh and al-Nusra Front have been cut off. More than 200 facilities for extracting, refining, and pumping fuel in locations controlled by terrorist groups in Syria have been destroyed, as well as more than 2,000 means of delivering oil products.”, Rudshkoi, head of the General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate said
Another fact that Radshkoy paid special attention to was the lack of destruction among civilian facilities.
He expressed his beliefs that Syria can win the war against terrorism on its territory with the help of Russia.
However, he pointed out that the cooperation between the two countries have caused multiple attempts to provoke strikes on civilian facilities.
“Multiple militants’ attempts to provoke strikes on civilian facilities have been disrupted. According to terrorists’ plot, civilian deaths should have undermined the Russian Aerospace Forces, provoke negative reaction from the international community and force the Russian leadership to stop the fight against terrorism.”
Among with the success in destroying targets, Rudshkoy emphasized on the fact that Russian deminers have defused over 3,000 explosives in Palmyra, cleared 23 kilometers of roads and 10 historic sited.
“The demining of the architectural and historic complex in Palmyra has been finished. During the work by Russian sappers, more than 3,000 explosive devices were defused, 234 hectares of land, 23 kilometers of roads, and 10 historic sites were cleared. Today, subunits of the engineering troops began demining the residential areas of the city of Palmyra,”
Some 70 drones and other means of reconnaissance are observing the situation in Syrian conflict zones amid the holding ceasefire, he said, adding that peaceful life has returned to some Syrian regions amid truce.
Joint actions with the United States in Jordan and the operative center for the cessation of hostilities from the International Support Syria Group in Geneva are constructive, Rudskoy said.