The chief of staff of Russian forces in Syria, Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin said that the Syrian government controls approximately 85% of the country.
«To the complete destruction of ISIS in Syria remains to free about 27 thousand square km of the territory of the Republic», — said the commander, adding that military operations against terrorists will continue until the destruction of the «Islamic state» and «Jabhat EN-Nusra».
He also said that in recent days the Russian air force was destroyed in the town of Acerbate in Central Syria 180 objects of militants, including fortified areas, command posts, underground shelters, warehouses of fuels and lubricants and ammunition.
«The terrorists blocked the rest of the way to deliver ammunition and supplies. Despite heavy losses, the gangs continue to have a serious resistance,» Lapin quotes RIA Novosti news Agency.