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    Russian combat engineers have completely demined ancient Palmyra's historical part and started the demining of residential areas.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian combat engineers have fully cleared of explosive devices the historical part of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, Commander of Russian Engineering Troops Lt. Gen. Yuri Stavitsky said Thursday.

    "At this point, the tasks on the demining of the historical part of Palmyra have been accomplished in full," Stavitsky said in a report to President Vladimir Putin during a video conference call.

    • Expert from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      Expert from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      © Photo : Russian Defense Ministry
    • Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      © Photo : Russian Defence Ministry
    • Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      © Photo : Russian Defence Ministry
    • Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
      © Photo : Russian Defence Ministry
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    © Photo : Russian Defense Ministry
    Expert from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra

    According to the general, a total of 98 Russian combat engineers are involved in the mine-clearing in Palmyra, where they have already started the demining of residential areas.

    After the liberation of Palmyra on March 27, Russia deployed its bomb squad and specialized robots to Syria in the next few days to demine the historic city.

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    demining, Yuri Stavitsky, Vladimir Putin, Palmyra, Syria, Russia
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