11 Feb 2018 16:19

Russian military police unit returns to Chechnya after mission in Syria's Aleppo - Kadyrov

MOSCOW. Feb 11 (Interfax) - Some 400 military police officers from Chechnya have returned home following an 18-month mission in Syria, Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov said.

"Personnel of the Russian Defense Ministry's military police battalion who had been serving in the Syrian city of Aleppo for a year and a half arrived in the Chechen Republic. Our servicemen had to tackle exceptionally responsible tasks linked with protecting crucial facilities of the Russian Defense Ministry, maintaining public order, ensuring the security of the local population, and assisting efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic," Kadyrov wrote on his VKontakte page.

The servicemen "coped with their duties with honor," he said.

"A total of 393 servicemen led by their commander Maj. Ruslan Numukhadzhiyev safely returned home. A ceremonial welcoming reception was held on the occasion of the battalion's arrival in the city of Grozny," Kadyrov said.

The deputy director of the Russian Defense Ministry's Main Military Police Department, Maj. Gen. Vitaly Kokh, came to Grozny to express his gratitude to the servicemen, some of whom were decorated with honorary state awards, he said.