MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russian forces delivered 198 airstrikes, including 47 unplanned strikes, at targets in Syria on December 24, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy told journalists on Friday.
"A total of 189 airstrikes were delivered yesterday at targets. A total of 142 of them were scheduled while the rest were established during duty at the airdrome and in the air," Rudskoy said.
He added that unplanned airstrikes are the most effective in the circumstances of the dynamically changing situation as they do not allow terrorists to hide from the fire.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The air group initially comprised over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including Sukhoi Su-24M, Su-25SM and state-of-the-art Su-34 aircraft. They were redeployed to the Khmeimim airbase in the province of Latakia.
On October 7, four missile ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired 26 Kalibr cruise missiles (NATO codename Sizzler) at militants’ facilities in Syria. On October 8, the Syrian army passed to a large-scale offensive.
In mid-November, Russia increased the number of aircraft taking part in the operation in Syria to 69 and involved strategic bombers in strikes at militants.
Targets of the Russian aircraft include terrorists’ gasoline tankers and oil refineries.