Over 32,000 militants have been killed and more than 1,000 localities, 78 oil and gas fields and two deposits of phosphate ores have been liberated in Syria over the past 7 months, commander of Russia’s military group in Syria Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin has told Russian President Vladimir Putin More during this visit to the Khmeimim airbase.
According to Surovikin, 67,000 square kilometers of the area have been liberated over the same time.
Russian warplanes have flown 6,956 sorties and helicopters have conducted more than 7,000 sorties over the past 227 days. 394 battle tanks and 12,000 pieces of the equipment have been reportedly destroyed.
Surovikin also declared that start of troops pull-out from Syria. In total, Russia will withdraw 23 warplanes of different types and 2 Ka-52 helictopers, the military police force, the commando unit, the field hospital and the mine-clearing center. The remaining forces will contrinue conducting tasks in the country.