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    November 20, 2015

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

    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.

    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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