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Palmyra demining mission is now accomplished
Russian combat engineers have accomplished their Palmyra demining mission assigned by President Vladimir Putin, Yuri Stavitsky, head of the Russian Corps of Engineers, told the journalists on Friday. "The mission assigned by the president of the Russian Federation has been accomplished," he said.
Palmyra-demining-mission-is-now-accomplished-640-001Expert from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra (Photo: Russian MoD)

Stavitsky noted the Russian combat engineers were ready to leave Palmyra as soon as ordered so by their supreme commander-in-chief.

The Russian sappers have been on a mine clearing operation in Palmyra since April 2. Stavitsky reported the complete demining of the historic part of the city on April 21, adding that over 230 hectares had been cleared of explosive devices.

Stavitsky had said previously that the Russian sappers cleared 8,500 buildings and structures in Palmyra of mines and unexploded ordnance. Overall, 825 hectares of the city were cleared of about 18,000 explosive devices, he said.



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