Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported to Russian President Putin: “On November 20, the warships of the Caspian Fleet launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets were hit successfully.”
One of these strikes alone killed 600 militants in Deir ez-Zor.
Russia Today reported that Russian air forces have conducted 522 sorties, deploying more than 100 cruise missiles and 1,400 tons of bombs of various types.
Shoigu revealed that there are now 69 Russian jets in Syria conducting 143 sorties everyday. This has disrupted the illegal ISIS oil trade that’s approximately worth $1.5 million a day.
“We stopped supplies of 60,000 tons of oil per day to the black market and terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily,” Shoigu said.
Russia has also destroyed 23 jihadists training camps, 19 plants producing explosives, 47 ammunition depots, as well as many other targets, according to the minister.
Syrian Brigadier General Ali Maihub told Interfax that: “We have a lot of evidence that Russian airstrikes are effective. Russian mass airstrikes did irreparable damage to international terrorist organizations in Syria, disrupted their administration and financing systems and destroyed their bases and depots.”
This is evident with the string of victories the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have made on the ground in Aleppo province, Latakia province and Eastern Homs near Palmyra.