The Russian Special Operation Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces have played a key role in the second liberation of Palmyra, according to Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate.
“The Syrian army’s operation in Palmyra has been a remarkable success. It has been planned and carried out under the guidance of Russian military advisers,” Rudskoy said on Friday, adding that Russia’s Special Forces and Aerospace Forces were instrumental in battering ISIS in the area of Palmyra.
The operation actively involved Russian attack helicopters, including Ka-52 Alligators.
“The city has been completely liberated. Syrian government troops have taken the dominant terrain to the north and south of Palmyra and are advancing eastward,” Rudskoi added.
Syrian combat engineers trained by the Russians are now demining the ancient city.
According to Rudskoy, 1,000 ISIS members were killed and wounded, nineteen main battle tanks, 37 armored vehicles, 98 pickups armed with heavy weaponry,and over 100 cars were destroyed.