“Over the past six months, government forces and patriotic militia, supported by the Russian air force, have liberated around 500 settlements, tens of thousands of square kilometers. A significant part of the territory is now controlled by government forces,” Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
He added that most of the Lattakia region in Western Syria had been freed from terrorists, as well as major parts of the Hama and Homs regions and the city of Palmyra (Tadmur).
According to Konashenkov, many settlements are not only being liberated, but also agree to reconcile with the authorities thanks to the Russian reconciliation center’s efforts.
“There are nearly 60 such settlements as of today, and another 20 are in active talks with representatives of the Russian center,” he said.