The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the Syrian army has dealt a blow to ISIL terrorist group in the center and east of the war-torn country, with the victory in Deir Ezzor being the most important success of the army.
“Over the past two weeks, the Syrian government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have achieved important advances and dealt a decisive blow to ISIL terrorists in Syria’s east and center,” the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, said.
He said that lifting of Deir Ezzor’s siege by the Syrian government forces is the most important victory of Damascus.
“We have won the battle over terrorist groups near the city of Deir Ezzor, which is superior in its significance and scale to all previous victories. The Syrian people had been waiting for this for more than three years,” Rudskoy said.
One more Syrian army grouping, which approached the city from the direction of As-Sukhnah, is storming terrorists’ fortifications at the gates of Deir Ezzor, the Russian general said.