Shoigu named the number of militants killed in five years of Russia’s presence in Syria

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The Russian military in Syria managed to fully fulfill the tasks set by President Vladimir Putin. About this in an article for the newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda”, timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Russian operation in this country, said the head Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu.

What do we have for today? The main thing is ISIS [“Исламское государство”, запрещенная в России террористическая организация] finally defeated. Moreover, we can say with all confidence that the entire international terrorist underground has suffered significant damage.

In addition, Shoigu said, the Russian military prevented the expansion of terrorist groups into neighboring territories.

According to the head Ministry of Defense, also managed to resolve geopolitical issues that affect the interests of Russia. “In general, the military presence of Russia in the Middle East managed to maintain a balance of power in the region, to act as a key guarantor of regional security,” he wrote.

Another important result of the Russian operation Shoigu called the end of the civil war in Syria, noting the role of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties. The minister also noted the humanitarian activities of the center.

The Syrian armed forces, with the support of Russian aviation, liberated 1,024 settlements from terrorists, 88% of the country’s territory passed under the control of government forces, Shoigu said. According to him, as a result of the strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces, more than 133 thousand terrorist facilities were destroyed, including illegal oil refineries, 865 bandit leaders and more than 133 thousand militants were eliminated (4.5 thousand of them from Russia and other countries CIS).

The mission was necessary in Syria, and the decision to launch a military operation was correct, if not the only possible one.

In its article Shoigu also mentioned the Russian military who died in Syria: the pilot of the Su-24 bomber Oleg Peshkov, Senior Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko and Major Roman Filipov. “The memory of these and other soldiers of the Fatherland, who fulfilled their military duty to the end in Syria, will live forever,” the head promised Ministry of Defense.

The active phase of the Russian military operation in Syria lasted 804 days, from September 30, 2015 to December 11, 2017, the minister recalled. In December, during a visit to the Khmeimim airbase, Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country. The republic has the Russian military airbase Khmeimim and the point logistical support for the Navy in the port of Tartus, in addition, there are military police units in the country, air defense crews, and so on.

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