The Russian strikes conducted simultaneously by aviation and a warship destroyed Daesh fortified areas, undergound tunnels, artillery positions and ammunition depots near Deir ez-Zor.
"Thanks to the results of a massive strike by Russian aviation and cruise missiles, Syrian government troops' units […] swiftly attacked the defense of Daesh terrorists and deblocked the city of Deir ez Zor."
The Russian military revealed that Daesh terrorists used so-called 'jihadmobiles' armored vehicles with explosives to stop the advance of the Syrian government troops in Deir-ez-Zor; some 50 vehicles were destroyed.
"Terrorists tried to stop the breakthrough of the Syrian troops, massively using suicide bombers driving armored vehicles. The assault units of the Syrian government forces destroyed more than 50 terrorists' 'jihadmobiles'."
"The major defeat over Daesh in the Deir ez-Zor region and de-blocking of the city will become a strategic defeat of the international terrorist group in Syria."
Earlier in the day, the Syrian army assisted by Russia managed to finally break the three-year Daesh siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor, with food and ammunition only being delivered to the city by air, while helicopters from the city of Qamishli had been evacuating the wounded and delivering essential supplies to the city's population. Syrian President Bashar Assad praised the victory.