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Russian Forces Get Set to Begin Clearing Palmyra of Mines

Sputnik News

13:00 29.03.2016(updated 13:26 29.03.2016)

The group of Russian experts sent to Palmyra to assist demining operations is equipped with everything necessary for autonomous work, a source in the Russian military told RIA Novosti.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, media reported that the first group of Russian experts left for Palmyra from the Chkalovsky military airport in the Moscow region.

"Generators, multi-seat tents, water purification station, automotive engineering equipment and mine detectors, as well as special robots were sent for the autonomous work of the sappers," the source said.

On Sunday, the Syrian army supported by militia and the Russian Aerospace Forces recaptured the historic city, which had been under control of Daesh for about a year.

Before the retreat, the militants of the terrorist group, which is prohibited in a number of countries, including Russia and the United States, had planted a number of bombs and land mines all over Palmyra. The Syrian army has already started demining operations in the liberated city. Moscow has pledged to send its experts to assist the Syrian specialists in their activities.


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