LATAKIA (Syria) (Sputnik) — The militants left industrial and social facilities destroyed as well as caused irreparable damage to monuments of the world cultural heritage, forcing millions of Syrians to leave their homes, Kuralenko noted.
"I call upon all the Syrians, who want to liberate their country from terrorists, restore peace and harmony in their country. Only your joint efforts will help to stop the fratricidal war and return the long-awaited peace to long-suffering Syria," Kuralenko said Thursday in a speech aired by the country's main state-owned broadcaster.
"Russia has always supported Syria, and, this is why, the Russian Federation accepted the request of Damascus to assist in the elimination of international terrorists, who had invaded the country," Kuralenko stressed.
Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for over six years with the government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions as well as terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both outlawed in Russia. According to the United Nations, more than 400,000 people have been killed during this period.