The military operations in Eastern Aleppo have been concluded, and the Syrian government has regained control of the area, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
“According to the latest information that we have received within the last hour, the military actions in eastern Aleppo are over, so there is no question of a ceasefire or some special humanitarian operations,” Churkin said. “The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo, and now comes the stage of practical humanitarian actions.”
Churkin said earlier that the militants who were still in the area were leaving it through designated corridors. Before that, the armed groups in Eastern Aleppo asked the Syrian Army to let them leave.
Over the recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria between government forces and militants. Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian reconciliation center said that the Syrian authorities are controlling over 98 percent of the territory of Aleppo, with militants present in less than 3 square kilometers (1.1 square mile). … 29