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    November 26, 2015

    MoD Statement: "Militants were also searching for the Russian Pilot"

    Fort Russ - November, 2015



    (Taken from the Russian Ministry of Defence's Facebook page)



    As you know, during the night of November 24-25, the mission on rescuing the pilot the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by a Turkish fighter aircraft over the territory of Syria continued for 12 hours

    All details of the operation cannot be disclosed due to obvious reasons.

    However, it should be emphasized that along with the Russian search-and-rescue group, militants and a number of other units equipped with special purpose locators were also conducting active search for the Russian pilot in that area.

    As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and reactive artillery of the Syrian governmental forces have conducted massive airstrikes in the area for a long period of time.
    The terrorists operating in this zone and other mysterious groups were eliminated.

    As a result of concentrated Russian airstrikes against militants, the Syrian governmental troops acquired full control over the mountainous areas in the northern part of the Latakia province. This completely blocked the cross-border deliveries of armaments, ammunition and materiel to the terrorists in this area.

    Moreover, the Russian aviation controls all main routes, which had been used for supplying the ISIS terrorist groups with weapons, ammunition and materiel in other regions in the north of Syria.

    Yesterday the Russian military attaché in Turkey visited the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces to receive recordings of the alleged radio talks between the crew of the Turkish F-16 fighter and the pilots of the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 23.

    The Russian military representative was informed that there was no possibility to hand over the materials concerning the attack of the Turkish F-16 fighter on the Russian aircraft on November 23.
    Moreover, representatives of the Turkish General Staff stated that they had not published any of those materials in the media.

    In that case, it is another proof that the audio recordings of the radio talks between the Turkish pilots and the Russian crew, which came up in certain media today, constitute a habitual fake.
    Again, they are referring to unspecified sources or other radio enthusiasts. 

    Messages of some foreign media concerning the alleged engagement of a column of trucks of a “humanitarian convoy” from Turkey near the border-crossing point Bab Al-Salam by the Russian aircraft are also nothing but stovepiping.

    It is to be stressed that the photos and videos published in the Internet:
    first, do not show any craters of exploded munitions;
    second, do not feature any fragmentations, which could damage all the trucks, as a result of strikes.

    Finally, there are no remains of the mere munitions.
    That is why they are advised not to pose convoys with ammunition for militants active to the north of Aleppo as “humanitarian help”.

    By the way, the Turkish party had not given any notice concerning delivering of any humanitarian convoy in this area. Aside from the fact that any humanitarian convoy is specially marked.

    Today, according to the earlier decision, all the active channels of cooperation between the Russian Defence Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces have been closed.

    That relates to the so-called “hotline”, which had been arranged for prevention of incidents in the air during elimination of terrorist infrastructures in Syria.

    The official representative of the Russian Navy in Turkey on coordination of activities of the Black Sea Fleet and the Turkish Navy was recalled.

    Today, in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, an AA missile complex S-400 was delivered, deployed and put on combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.

    The reaction of the American party on these actions is surprising.
    In particular, officials in the US Embassy in Moscow claimed that (quote): “the deployment of these systems will further complicate the already difficult situation in the skies over Syria”.

    What is to be said?
    By the end of Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defence had mainly shared that opinion being sure that the Russian aircraft making strikes on the ISIS were secured from attacks of the so-called anti-ISIS coalition led by the USA.

    Now the Russian Ministry of defence will ensure the safety of the aircraft of the Russian air group during actions against the terrorists of the ‎ISIS‬ and other terrorist groupings using more reliable methods.

    It is worth to be reminded, that starting from 10:00, November 25, the Moskva Guards missile cruiser has started performing combat tasks on air defence of the Russian base having arrived in the assigned area of the Latakia shore zone. 

    Concerning the results of the actions of the Russian air group. 
    In the course of the last three days, the Russian air group has continued conducting target reconnaissance and performing strikes on separate objects of terrorist groups active in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

    On November 23-26, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed 134 combat sorties engaging 449 objects in the ‪Aleppo‬, ‪Damascus‬, ‪Idlib‬, ‪Latakia‬, ‪Hama‬, ‪Homs‬, ‪Raqqah‬ and Deir-ez-Zor provinces. 

    In the suburbs of Al-Qaryatayn (Homs province), a Su-24M bomber destroyed an ISIS underground ammunition depot. Direct hit of an OFAB-250-270 air bomb and further detonation of explosives caused complete destruction of the object. 

    Near Zaytan (Idlib province), a Su-25 wing carried out a strike on concentration of militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra grouping. Direct hits of air bombs eliminated a tank, two armored vehicles, and three cars equipped with mortars. The enemy suffered heavy losses in manpower. 

    The Russian aviation continues performing strikes on oil processing facilities located in the ISIS-controlled territories. 
    Thus, on November 24, a Su-34 bomber carried out strikes on columns of oil trucks, oil processing and storage objects located near oil-bearing areas in the north and east of Syria (Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqah provinces).

    According to avialable data, armed groups of islamists, which had been blocked near Talbiseh and al-Rastan (Homs province), continue suffering losses caused by strikes of the Russian aviation. Militants retreated by 4-6 kilometers in the direction of Mahin, Al-Qaryatayn. 

    Today, using the objective monitoring data, the Russian Defence Ministry demonstrates results of strikes on terrorist facilities carried out by the Russian aviation.


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