Russia says it took ‘direct role’ in Palmyra battle

This photo released on Monday March 28, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a general view of the ancient ruins of Palmyra, central Syria. (AP)

Russian military advisers played a direct role in planning the operation to liberate the Syrian city of Palmyra from the Islamic State militants, Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Russian warplanes carried out a total of around 500 sorties, hitting more than 2,000 ISIS targets in Palmyra's area in the period of March 7-27, the ministry said in a statement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47