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26.12.2020 (16:00)

Russian sappers defused more than 150 thousand explosive objects in Syria

Russian sappers during their work in Syria neutralized more than 150 thousand explosive objects, clearing more than 10 thousand hectares of terrain. This was stated by the commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, Lieutenant General Sergei Kuzovlev.

"The forces of engineering units in the Syrian Arab Republic have cleared more than 10 thousand hectares of land, neutralized and destroyed more than 150 thousand explosive objects, contained a crossing over the Euphrates River, which transported more than 120 thousand people and 60 thousand pieces of equipment," Lieutenant General Sergei Kuzovlev said during the opening ceremony of the Alley of Engineering Troops at the base of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Hmeymim, Syria.

He noted the important role of engineering troops in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, stressing that they are always in the advanced echelons, performing tasks both in war and in peacetime, including in Syria.

The Alley at the base in Hmeymim is open for the 320th anniversary of the engineering troops, which will be celebrated in January 2021. The servicemen planted more than 40 trees on it, and also installed a monument to the memory of sappers who died in local conflicts.

Military engineers have been working in Syria for the past five years. They were engaged, in particular, in demining the territory of settlements, including large cities such as Aleppo, Palmyra and Deir-ez-Zor, destroying terrorist caches and shelters, as well as training Syrian soldiers.

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