Russian warplanes fully stop airstrikes in Syria's 'green zone'

The Russian Aerospace Forces have fully stopped airstrikes in the 'green zone' in Syria as of 00:00 a.m. Feb. 27, in keeping with the agreements reached between Russia and the U.S.

The Russian Aerospace Forces have fully stopped airstrikes in the 'green zone' in Syria as of 00:00 a.m. Feb. 27, in keeping with the agreements reached between Russia and the U.S. as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), says Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, the chief of the main operational directorate of the Russian armed forces' General Staff.

"This concerns the districts and armed groups that have sent us ceasefire applications," he said.

"The Russian defense minister has issued the relevant instructions immediately after our supreme commander-in-chief made his statement based on the outcomes of his negotiations with the U.S. president," Rudskoi said.

The Syrian government declared its consent on Feb. 23 to stop combat actions in keeping with the Russian-U.S. agreement, he said.

"Seventeen armed groups that have addressed the command of the Hmeimim airbase and signed application forms have also undertaken to observe a ceasefire," Rudskoi said.

"These are primarily units of the Syrian Democratic Army led by al-Ghanem, the Iskenderon, Sureim, and Chelobia units, Falcons of the Desert armed groups, and some others, which are continuing to fight ISIL. Some of them are acting together with the regular Syrian army and others independently," he added.

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