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Russian EOD specialists set about mine clearance in Palmyra. See the video to witness the specialists searching for explosive devices using Korshun mine detecting unit in the historic area of the city and in residential areas. 

Specialists of the demining team of the International Mine Action Centre of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have defused more than 120 explosive objects within the first 5-6 hours of operation in Palmyra. Colonel Valery Ovdienko, the unit commander, gave his account of the event. 

“The works have been arranged on the fringes and in the historic part of the city as well as within the city. Within the short period of 5 to 6 hours the crew managed to defuse more than 120 explosive objects”, he reported. 

Russian EOD specialists use Korshun mine detecting units for their task. Mine-searching dogs also help specialists find explosive devices. EOD specialists shall have to check over 900 hectares of area within a month and a half. As Ovdienko noted, objects of historical value have been mined. 

Militants of Islamic State* terrorist group (ISIS, banned in Russia) occupied Palmyra in May 2015. In late March 2016, Syrian soldiers liberated the city with the support of Russian aviation, however by December 2016 Palmyra once again fall into the hands of the enemy. On March 2, Sergey Shoygu, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, reported to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on completion of Palmyra liberation operation. 


Terrorist organization banned in Russia.