The Kremlin called the main result of the first year of operation HQs in Syria, the protection of Damascus
The Kremlin has reviewed the interim results of the first year of the Russian military campaign in Syria. According to the press-Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, the main result of the operation was the protection of the Syrian capital of Damascus from terrorists.
“Say one more thing: given that ISIS (banned in the Russian terrorist group “Islamic state”, ISIS, DAISH), “al-Qaeda” and “al-Nusra Dzhebhat” (both banned in Russia) are not sitting in Damascus, is probably the main positive outcome of the support that our air force has a legitimate Armed forces of Syria” – quoted Peskov TASS.
Answering a question of journalists, whether counted in the Kremlin that the operation in Syria will last more than a year, Sands drew attention that the President Vladimir Putin after the decision on the provision of aid to Damascus never made deadlines. “However, it was declared the main goal – providing assistance to Syrians and the Syrian army in the fight against terrorists, who at the start of the operation actually occupied the greater part of the SAR”, – said the press Secretary of the President.
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Peskov also commented on the report of the Syrian Supervisory Board for human rights (SOHR), which was also published on the anniversary of the Russian operation in Syria. In the report it was reported that for all the campaign as a result of Russian bombing killed 9364 person. The document also stated that the September 30, 2015 under the Russian bombs killed 2746 militants “Islamic state”, while the number of dead civilians amounted to 3804 person. “We do not value the information this organization, located in the UK, about what is happening in Syria, as reliable,” – said the press Secretary of the President.
On the Russian military presence in Syria, the first reports appeared in August 2015, however officially about the beginning of the operation, videoconferencing became known only on September 30. In mid-March 2016, Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw the bulk of the military group, since the task was “generally completed”.
During the military campaign, according to official figures, killed 20 Russian soldiers, 15 people were killed after Putin announced the withdrawal of “core” troops. On the website of the TV channel “Rain” provides information about 23 of the dead Russians.
Meanwhile, the Russian media wrote that in Syria are mercenaries who were in the combat zone in a few private military companies. One of the biggest – “PMCs Wagner.” According to “Fantacy”, in the zone of conflict has killed “dozens” of mercenaries this company. Thus, despite the criminal penalties in Russia for mercenaries, members of the “PMC Wagner was awarded these military orders.