Igor Konashenkov

VIDEO: Russia airstrikes in Syria

Russian Defence Ministry Igor Konashenkov said in televised comments that Russian aircraft have damaged or destroyed 12 targets in Syria belonging to the Islamic State group including a command centre and two ammunition depots.

Officials acknowledged, however, that other unidentified groups were being targeted as well.

Russia confirms start of airstrikes in Syria

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that Russian jets are carrying out targeted airstrikes on the positions, vehicles and warehouses that Russia believes belong to IS militants.

Russia's upper chamber of parliament earlier on Wednesday gave the green light to President Vladimir Putin's request to send Russian troops to Syria.