The official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation spoke at a briefing on the ongoing humanitarian operation. According to Igor Konashenkov, more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid have recently been dumped for residents of localities blocked by militants.
A video of one of these parcels was published on the website of the Ministry of Defense a few days ago:
Over the past four days, the aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic carried out 157 combat missions on the 579 objects of the terrorist infrastructure in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, Raqqa and Lattakia.
Thus, in the province of Latakia, the Russian Su-34 bomber destroyed the 4 off-road vehicle of terrorists and 20 militants. Several effective missile-bombing attacks were carried out in the area of the settlement of Kabaklia, which subsequently allowed the SAR army to take control of the important heights on which the infrastructure objects of representatives of terrorist groups were located.
The crew of the Su-25, participating in the counter-terrorist operation in Syria, completed the task of destroying the DAISH field camp (ISIS) in the province of Homs. We are talking about the camp, which was used by militants in the city of Kisin. The goal was set with the help of a drone, then repeatedly verified, including through contacts through the Baghdad Information Coordination Center and representatives of the Syrian patriotic opposition.
According to General Konashenkov, new facts of mass desertion of militants are noted, who often try to break through the Syrian-Turkish border. From the statement of Major General Konashenkov (quote RIA News):
The facts of mass desertion and evasion of militants by whole units from further participation in hostilities are noted. So, a bandit group of field commander Abu Khaldun, numbering about 30, man deserted on Sunday from his full position.
According to Konashenkov, militants are increasingly demonstrating the tactics of provocative shelling of settlements in order to shift the blame on the Syrian government forces. From the statement of General Konashenkov during the briefing:
Not being able to stop the attack of government troops, terrorists are increasingly carrying out provocative shelling from artillery and mortar shells at settlements for subsequent accusations of Syrian government troops. The shelling was carried out by militants of the groups “Dzhebhat-en-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-Sham” in the towns of Fua'a and Kafer-Chaya of the province of Idlib. Similar shelling of civilian settlements and actions of intimidation are observed in other provinces, where terrorists are retreating under the onslaught of government troops or patriotic opposition forces.
Igor Konashenkov also added that the command of the Russian aviation groups in Syria continues to engage not only with military personnel of the SAR Armed Forces, but also with representatives of the patriotic opposition who are determined to fight ISIS, Jebhat-en-Nusra and other terrorist groups.