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MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Clearing of mines has begun in the residential areas of Palmyra, the chief of Russia's Corps of Engineers, Lieutenant-General Yuri Stavitsky said during a televised linkup with the Kremlin on Thursday.
"At present the units of the Corps of Engineers have gotten down to mine-clearing in the residential district of Palmyra and at the airport," he said. "We've examine 367 buildings, 40 ha of territory, and 9.5 km of roads. Our soldiers have already defused 1,432 explosive objects.
Gen Stavitsky said the mine-clearing effort was proceeding as planned.
"All in all, we'll have to do mine clearing on an urban area of 560 hectares," he said. "Our work is complicated by an abundance of body-trap mines left behind by the militants."