10:04 GMT08 March 2021
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    The liberation of eastern Aleppo has proven that claims about alleged "atrocities" committed by the Syrian army are a "fake," Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations office in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin said.

    "During the liberation of Aleppo and the humanitarian operation, a number of very important facts became known. The first thing that was revealed is that disinformation about alleged atrocities committed by Syrian army units in eastern Aleppo… was a deliberately fabricated fake," Borodavkin said.

    At the same time, crimes committed by militants controlling eastern Aleppo were confirmed, he said.

    "At the same time, the [Syrian government] troops who liberated it [Aleppo] from terrorists have found evidence confirming that terrorists had committed hideous crimes: murders of children and women, mass executions of residents of eastern Aleppo who wanted to escape… [the area], minings of humanitarian corridors, sniper and artillery fire on convoys of people who were leaving eastern Aleppo, the shelling of the Russian hospital and killings of our paramedics," he emphasized.

    According to him, a database on crimes committed by militants in eastern Aleppo is being prepared for further investigation.

    He also said that "militants themselves did not lack food, medicine at all, while people in territories they controlled were starving."

    "Not only terrorists are to blame for it, but also those states that support them. The stance some our partners… had is not just unacceptable according to the international law, but is shameful from the point of view of morality."

    There had been some 3,000 al-Nusra Front militants in eastern Aleppo, not 200 as US officials used to claim, Borodavkin said.

    "For many weeks, if not months, our American partners have tried to convince us that there are a few, about 200, fighters of al-Nusra Front terrorist group in eastern Aleppo. In fact, it came to light that there are even more than 1,500 of them, according to a preliminary Russian assessment," Borodavkin said.

    "Some 3,000 militants, who voluntarily decided to leave for Idlib, which, as we know, is currently controlled by al-Nusra Front, have already been evacuated. Thus, extremists confirmed that they belong to that [terrorist] group."

    The Russian envoy to the UN office in Geneva said that the evacuations from eastern Aleppo had been carried out in line with norms of the international law.

    "The operation [to evacuate people from eastern Aleppo] was conducted with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the [Russian] center for reconciliation of [Syria's] warring parties in Hmeymim. All norms of the international law have been strictly observed."

    According to Borodavkin, the Syrian government "acted very humane" toward militants' families who had been let to leave eastern Aleppo.

    "The operation to evacuate terrorists from easterm Aleppo had been done first of all to save their lives, lives of women and children," he said.

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