Shoigu: “The armed Forces have moved to the next phase of the operation”

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November 20, 2015

Ministry of Defense of RF Facebook page 


Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear


The Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu reported to the Supreme Commander
about the results of the Air Force operation in Syria.

The armed Forces
carry out air operation of retribution aimed at destruction of leaders of
terrorist organizations and their supporters, the of their disruption of
control systems and logistics, as well as the destruction of military
facilities and oil and gas infrastructure of ISIL. To this end, the composition
of the aviation group has been increased twice and brought to 69 airplanes.

143 sorties
are being conducted daily.

The Naval
group consists of 10 ships, 6 of them are in the Mediterranean Sea. On November
20, the ships of the Caspian flotilla completed 18 launches of cruise missiles
at 7 targets in provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets have been destroyed.

In total,
during air operations strategic and operational-tactical aircraft carried out
522 sorties, 101 air-and sea-based were launched, 1400 tons of bombs were
dropped for various purposes. In total 826 enemy targets were destroyed.

The main
efforts are concentrated on undermining the financial-economic base of ISIS. 15
storage and oil refining facilities and 525 auto-tankers were destroyed.

Supply to
the black market of 60,000 tons of oil per day has been interrupted, and the
terrorists missed 1.5 million dollars daily.

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At the same
time the elimination of the gangs and their leaders is continuing.

23 training
bases for the militants, 19 factories for the production of weapons and
explosives, 47 warehouses with ammunition and material resources, as well as
other objects have destroyed. This ensures successful operations by Syrian
government forces in Aleppo, Idlib, mountain Latakia and Palmyra.

According
to the data of objective control, the number of people coming to the territory
of Syria has been reduced and the flow of militants fleeing the country has
been increased in Northern and South-Western directions.

Gangs are
suffering significant losses. As a result of cruise missile strikes on one of
the targets near Deir-ez-Zor more than 600 militants have been eliminated.

In General,
during operation air strikes and cruise missiles strikes were carried out from
the waters of the Mediterranean and Caspian seas from a distance of 1500
kilometers, the aircraft took off from airbaes on the territory of Russia and
Syria.

From the
Caspian Sea side 29 long-range aircraft carried out air and cruise missile
strikes.

The flight
range of Tu-160 during the completion of combat objectives in the Mediterranean
Sea amounted to more than 13 000 kilometers.

According
to the directions of the Supreme Commander the organising of interaction with
the armed forces of France has begun.

All
objectives are completed. The armed Forces have moved to the next phase of the operation.


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