Russia says Syrian army has made big breakthrough in Aleppo

Russian President Vladmir Putin

Russia’s defence ministry on Tuesday said the Syrian army had made a breakthrough in Aleppo in the last 24 hours and dramatically altered the situation on the ground, Russian news agencies reported.

A defence ministry spokesman Maj-Gen Igor Konashenkov told newsmen in Moscow.

“During the last 24 hours, thanks to very well-prepared and careful actions, Syrian soldiers were able to radically change the situation.

“Practically half of the territory occupied by rebels in recent years in the eastern part of Aleppo has been completely liberated,’’ Konashenkov said.