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Russian reconciliation center reports on Syria ceasefire violations

April 22, 2016, 9:42 UTC+3

According to the center, the ceasefire largely holds

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MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The regime of cessation of hostilities in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed, with five violations registered over the past day (three in the governorate of Latakia and two in Homs), the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said in a news bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.

"Militants of the Ahrar ash-Sham group, which ranks itself among the opposition, twice fired from homemade multiple launch rocket systems and mortars the village of Kormos in the governorate of Homs, as well as the inhabited localities of Kinsibba, Hakur-Tahtani and Ard-el-Wata in the governorate of Latakia," the center said.

The report said Russia’s Aerospace Forces have not delivered strikes at opposition armed formations that announced cessation of hostilities and reported to the Russian or American reconciliation centers the data on their location.

The bulletin also said agreements on truce have been struck over the past 24 hours with representatives of four localities in the governorate of Aleppo. Thus, the number of inhabited localities that joined the reconciliation process has grown to 69.

"Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities with the field commander of the armed opposition detachment in Homs Governorate were continued," the report said.

"The number of armed formations that announced their adherence to adoption and implementation of the conditions of ceasefire has remained unchanged - 50," it said.

The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. Shortly before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.

The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.

Russia takes an active part in the Syrian settlement effort. It helps Syria's authorities fight terrorists and has conducted mine clearing work in the ancient city of Palmyra.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military "have been fulfilled on the whole." Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.

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