The Russian Aerospace Forces have launched 71,000 airstrikes and eliminated 35,000 terrorists since the start of the operation in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on December 22.
“Since the start of the operation, Russian jets have conducted 17,800 sorties, launching 71,000 strikes on terrorists’ infrastructure, eliminating 725 training camps, 405 plants producing ammunition, 1,500 pieces of terrorists’ military equipment, 35,000 militants, including 204 field commanders,” Shoigu said.
The Russian Defense Minister added that some 9,000 militants have laid down arms since the start of the operation.
“In general, the operation allowed to solve a number of geopolitical problems: international terrorist organizations have been dealt a serious blow in Syria, their spread in the region has been stopped, the financial support of militant groups… has been disrupted, the collapse of the Syrian state has been prevented, while the chain of ‘color revolutions’ in the Middle East and Africa has been broken,” he added.
The defense minister also noted that 1074 settlements populated by 3 million people have joined the ceasefire regime due to reconciliation efforts in the country,
Russia launched an anti-terrorist campaign in Syria in September 2015 at the request of President Bashar Assad.