MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Eastern Ghouta will start to returning to normal life soon, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said in an interview with Russia’s Channel 5.
"There have been evident improvements, recorded by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations. The process of evacuating civilians and liberating the city is under way. After a little while, Eastern Ghouta will follow the example of Aleppo, where <…> about 100,000-200,000 people have already returned to their homes. Although it is less than the city’s pre-war population, it clearly demonstrates that the life is returning back to normal," she said.
Head of the Main Operative Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said on Friday that about 40,000 Eastern Ghouta residents have returned to their homes which they left a few days before through humanitarian corridors.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on March 17 that over 200,000 refugees have returned to their homes in Eastern Aleppo after the liberation of the city.