Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country's armed forces have performed well in the fight against ''international terrorists'' in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his country's military on Thursday (December 22), saying its armed forces had performed well in the fight against "international terrorists" in Syria. "The potential of the Russian Armed Forces has passed the test of its strength in the fight against international terrorists in the Syrian Republic. The Syrian army has received tangible support that has led to a series of successful operations against militants," Putin said at a Defense Ministry event in Moscow. Russian aircraft have flown 18,800 sorties in Syria since the start of the Kremlin's operation there last year, destroying 725 training camps, 405 sites where weapons were being made and killing 35,000 fighters, officials said. Russia's intervention in Syria is widely seen as having saved President Bashar al-Assad's forces from defeat and as being crucial to their retaking full control of Aleppo.