Russia’s Night Hunter copters used in operation to free Palmyra — Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. The Russian air group in Syria used attack helicopters Mi-28N Night Hunter against militants in Palmyra, as follows from a video clip posted on the Defense Ministry’s website.

Russia’s attack helicopters Mi-28N Night Hunter used against militants in Palmyra

There has been no other evidence so far helicopters were employed to deal strikes against terrorists in Syria. Experts believe that Mi-28N were used only for maintaining security of the Hmeimim airdrome, which hosts the Russian aerospace group. The Defense Ministry has made no official statements Mi-28N helicopters had been moved to Syria.

The video shows helicopters destroying terrorists’ armored vehicle in Palmyra with guided anti-tank missiles and then one of their strongholds inside a building. The subtitle reads: “Mi-28 helicopter destroys militants’ armor in the area of Palmyra” and “Mi-28 helicopter destroys militants in a building near Palmyra.”

The Syrian army last Sunday declared it had gained control of Palmyra. Russian aircraft and special operations forces supported the operation. The Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) had seized it in May 2015.

Russian planes dealt 2,000 strikes on terrorists during operation to regain Palmyra

Russian warplanes used precision weapons to destroy terrorists’ key facilities in Syria’s Palmyra

© Russian Defense Ministry’s Press and Information Department/TASS

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. Russian warplanes flew about 500 sorties during the operation to liberate Palmyra and dealt more than 2,000 strikes, the head of the main operational department of the Russia’s General Staff, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy, told a news briefing.

“On March 7-27 Russia’s Aerospace Forces flew about 500 sorties to deal more than 2,000 air strikes against IS terrorists. The attacks in the first place wiped out the main strongholds and artillery positions on all commanding heights,” he said.