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Russia says over 63,000 troops have fought in Syria


Russia has sent over 63,000 troops to Syria over the course of its involvement in the conflict, the country's defence ministry said on Wednesday.
A total of 63,012 Russian personnel have "received combat experience" in the war-torn country, the ministry said in a video about Russia's campaign to support the Syrian regime dating back to September 2015.
This number includes 25,738 ranking officers and 434 generals as well as 4,349 artillery and rocket specialists, it said.
Previously Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in December 2017 that over 48,000 military personnel had taken part in the Syrian campaign.
President Vladimir Putin in December last year ordered his armed forces to pull the bulk of troops out of Syria.
But the Russian president later clarified that the military would remain in Syria for "as long as it is beneficial" and was not planning to withdraw yet.
The ministry said Wednesday that Russian airforce had conducted more than 39,000 sorties that killed "over 86,000 militants" and destroyed 121,466 "terrorist targets".