Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Sergei Rudskoy summed up the results of activities of the Russian air group in Syria since September 30
Since September 30, the Russian air group has performed 4201 combat sorties, among them –145 ones have been carried out by the strategic missile-carrying and long-range bomber aviation. Bomb strikes are made on main infrastructural objects, concentrations of military hardware and manpower of militants.
In the course of the last several weeks, the intensiveness of strikes on the positions of the ISIS and other terrorist groupings has been increased.
The Russian aviation continues undermining terrorists’ sources of income in Syria – that is one of the priorities.
For this purpose, just in the last three days, 6 objects of militants’ illegal oil production as well as 7 automobile columns with crude oil and oil products have been destroyed.
Since the beginning of the operation, the Russian aviation has eliminated over 1200 such tanker trucks.
The Syrian Armed Forces supported by the Russian aviation continue offensive operation along all the frontline, the most severe combat actions were in the Latakia, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs provinces as well as in the suburbs of Damascus.
Terrorists’ formations are suffering heavy losses.
In the Aleppo province, governmental forces continue expanding the security zone around the Kwaires airfield developing offensive in the south-west direction to Idlib.
During the last week, despite the tough resistance of illegal armed groups, they have liberated 9 inhabited areas.
In the Latakia province, assault groups of the Syrian Army conducted offensive actions in the northern and western directions.
In the Northern Latakia, governmental forces extended under-control territories of Syrian-Turkish borderline.
Near Sirmaniyah and Salma, militants have retreated from important tactical heights and inhabited areas.
In Central Syria, governmental forces and militia captured a number of important heights and points near Mahin.
In suburbs of Damascus, governmental forces continue making incursions in order to narrow the entrapment area for illegal armed groups in directions to Marj al-Sultan, an-Nula, Duma, and Zibdin
Activities performed by so-called moderate opposition units against the ISIS contribute to successful ground operation of the Syrian Armed Forces.
Now, there are more than 150 such formations active on the Syrian territory. Most patriotically-minded are fighting against terrorists in cooperation with the Syrian governmental forces. These are 5,000 men in total in the formations.
The Russian Defence Ministry established and keeps constant contact with them. The opposition formations are providing the Russian aviation group leadership with coordinates of terrorists’ objects for their elimination.
For instance, in order to support the offensive carried out by Ganim detachment, which forms part of the Free Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces, the Russian aviation performed 17 strikes on ISIS positions to the north from Raqqah last day.
According to the objective monitoring data, the Russian aircraft eliminated more than 150 militants and 11 items of hardware.
Moreover, the aircraft performed 18 strikes on terrorists in the interests of “Desert Lions” and “Kalamun” formations near Palmyra and El-Karatien.
It is to be stressed that the Russian Defence Ministry is to continue the work aimed to joining efforts of governmental forces and other armed formations, which are interested in liberating Syria from international terrorists.
Media briefing (15.12.15)