Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 18,000 people over the past three years, a Syrian war monitor claims.
According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Russian involvement took the lives of about 18,100 persons, including about 8,000 Syrian civilians including 3,135 children and women. the Russian military also killed around 10,000 fighters of Daesh and other Islamic groups.
The data provided by the human rights watchdog are in marked contrast to official information reported by Russia. A few days ago, Viktor Bondarev, Head of the Federation Council Committee for the Protection and Security told journalists that not a single strike by the Russian military had been unprecise in the course of the three-year operation in Syria. According to the top official, Russian forces destroyed 85,000 terrorists over the above period.