Drone footage focuses on the Saint Elias Cathedral, which has been exposed to several attacks by militants. The church will hold its first Christmas ceremony in four years this coming Sunday.
“I thought this day would never come. We waited for this for five years. Long live Bashar! Long live Syria and Russia!" a local woman told journalists.
Another woman, her neighbor, tried to say something but could not keep back her tears, folding her kids to her breast.
The victory in Aleppo is strategic and will turn the tide of the Syrian war, which broke out in 2011.
Meanwhile, Russian and Syrian sappers are braving the streets of Aleppo, clearing residential neighborhoods of mines and booby-traps left behind by the jihadist terrorists.
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