The Russian Aerospace Forces have eliminated over 3,000 militants, including 26 commanders, in Syria since the start of 2017, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on February 22.
Russian aircraft carried out 5,682 airstrikes on terrorist targets, destroying 40 training camps, 475 command posts, 45 ammunition plants and 3,119 militants.
Shoigu ehmpasized that Russian Special Forces troops on the ground played a key role in the fight against terrorists.
“The Special Operations Forces of the Special Purpose Military Units have demonstrated their high efficiency. They played a key role in the elimination of terrorists and destroying critical enemy targets and adjusting our aircraft strikes,” Shoigu said.