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    Russian Sappers Fly to Syria for Aleppo Mine-Clearing - Defense Ministry

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    Defense Ministry said that Russian sapper unit departed on Friday to Syria to conduct mine-clearing operations in the embattled city of Aleppo.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) A Russian sapper unit departed on Friday to Syria to conduct mine-clearing operations in the embattled city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "Servicemen from a forward-deployment sapper unit of the International Mine Action Center…boarded military transport planes at the Chekalov airfield to depart for the Hmeymim airbase [in Syria]," the ministry said in a statement.

    The Russian General Staff said Wednesday that over 200 Russian servicemen and 47 pieces of combat and special equipment would be deployed for mine clearing in Aleppo.

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