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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. Russian Su-34 strike fighter has destroyed illegal oil facilities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (banned in Russia) in the Syrian province of Al-Hasakah, the Center for reconciliation of warring parties on the Syrian territory said in an informational bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Wednesday.
"Aerospace Defense Forces continue fulfilling tasks on undermining the economic base of the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - former name of IS) international terrorist organization on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. A Su-34 aircraft delivered a strike at an oil processing plant located on the territory controlled by ISIL, near the settlement of Ras-al-Ayn, Al-Hasakah province," the bulletin said.
Air strikes were delivered at reservoirs with oil. As a result of the operation, "technological equipment was put out of order." Oil products in reservoirs caught fire, and a large fire ensued at the plant, the document added.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of Islamic State and Jebhat al-Nusra 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." Two Russian military facilities - at the Khmeimim aerodrome and in Tartus - are still operational in Syria. The Russian military continue to take an active part in the fight against terrorist groups. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolay Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.