Russia has awarded medals to its demining team who in a short period of time completely cleared the ancient city of Palmyra after ISIS were driven out by the Syrian Arab Army.
Over 30 Russian soldiers were awarded at the ceremony held ar the International Mine Action Center for Russia’s Armed Forces.
It was reported that approximately 17,500 explosive devices were dismantled during the Russian operation.
“More than 800 hectares of territory, 23 kilometers of roads and 10 sites of historic heritage were cleared of explosives during the effort. The result of work that you have done is the successful implementation of the task set by the commander-in-chief and deep gratitude of the Syrian people,” Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Sergey Istrakov said during the ceremony.
“I rate the work of the sappers as excellent: first because there was no loss [of life]. Secondly, the people, of course worked hard, they were very attentive and I am glad that this unit got such serious experience. Now we are ready to perform tasks in any location, in any region of the world,” said Lieutenant-General Yuriy Stavitskiy, the head of the Russian Engineering Troops.