Russian long-range bombers Tu-22M3 on the morning of July 21, struck in Syria, a blow to the militants “Islamic state” (LIH, a banned terrorist organization). About it reports a press-service of Russian Ministry of defense (message published in the official account in Facebook).
As stated in the statement of the military Department, the impact of long-range aviation on the positions of the ISIL have destroyed two command post of terrorists. He became the third in nine days — the previous one was done on 12 and 14 July.
“On July 21 at 5:00 GMT six long-range bombers Tu-22M3 has dealt another blow focused on newly identified exploration targets LIH East of Palmyra, and in the cities of es-Sohne, Arak, Et Taibe in the province of HOMS, the report says. — Targets for destruction have become command centers, clusters of manpower and equipment militants.”
The report stresses that “to ensure the security of air operations” about the time of the strike and the corridors of overflight were notified in advance by representatives of the international coalition.
The previous blow was dealt on July 14. Then they destroyed a control field camp of ISIL militants, two points for petroleum refining, a large amount of manpower and military equipment of the enemy. July 12 bombers destroyed a major camp of the insurgents,” three of a warehouse of ammunition and weapons, three tanks, four infantry fighting vehicles and eight vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns. In all cases, the job performed six Tu-22M3, and the number of goals indicates the area East of Palmyra.
On 9 July, the Ministry of defense formally acknowledged that East of Palmyra helicopter was shot down, killing two Russian pilots —Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin. It was officially reported that they overflew Syrian helicopters Mi-25, however, the newspaper “Kommersant” citing its sources reported, that it was a Russian base Hamim. Helicopter pilot shot down after they at the request of the Syrian army struck a blow at the advancing forces of ISIS.
The Kremlin said that the impacts of long-range bombers can not be considered retribution for the dead Russian pilots. “All this is part of the ongoing operations of VKS Russia”, — said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.