Russia says flying up to 25 sorties daily to back Syria army around Palmyra
Russian jets are flying some 25 bombing raids daily to back up a Syrian government offensive to recapture the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS, the armed forces said Friday.
Senior commander Sergei Rudskoi insisted that the “conditions have been created for the encirclement and definitive defeat of [ISIS] armed formations in Palmyra”.
“Government troops and patriotic forces with the support of the Russian air force are carrying out a large-scale operation to liberate Palmyra,” he told journalists.
“On average Russian planes are flying 20 to 25 combat sorties each day,” Rudskoi said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday spoke of “intense battles” going on around Palmyra as he decorated Russian officers who served in Syria and said he hoped the “pearl of world civilization” would be returned to the Syrian people