Fortress Minerals Corp.
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Fortress Minerals Corp.

June 12, 2008 11:40 ET

Fortress Intercepts 19.09 g/t Gold Over 20.2m at Tamara Target, Svetloye

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Fortress Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:FST) ("Fortress" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the first results from the 2008 drilling program at Svetloye located in northeastern Russia.

The high-grade zone at Tamara was extended north 40 metres with drill hole PDSC-135 intersecting 20.2 metres grading 19.09 grams per tonne (g/t) Au. Also, of significance are 5 holes drilled to test a geochemical anomaly 800 metres northeast of Tamara, all intersected gold mineralization, including PDSC-146 with 48.7 metres grading 1.07 g/t Au, including 13.8 metres with 2.01 g/t Au. Additional drilling is being done in the area to further delineate this new area of mineralization.

Since the start of drilling in late March, 2008, 53 holes totalling approximately 7,700 metres have been drilled. Results have been received for the initial 22 holes which were drilled on the Tamara and Tamara North prospects; they are summarized in the attached table (please also see attached map). The drilling subsequent to that at Tamara has been at the Amy prospect and step out drilling at Elena. A trenching program has started and drill roads and pads are being built to access some of the new target areas to be tested as the season progresses.

James C. Ashleman, Chief Geologist and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release. A rigorous quality control program has been instituted involving insertion of certified standards, duplicate sampling and extensive check assaying. Samples are crushed and split on site with final sample preparation at the Irgiredmet Laboratory of Irkutsk, Russia (accredited by the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Standardization and Metrology "Gosstandart" of Russia) and/or by ALS Chemex in Vancouver. Assaying by fire assay is performed by the Irgiredmet Laboratory and/or by ALS Chemex in Vancouver, Canada.

Fortress currently has a 100% interest in the Svetloye project. Gazprombank holds an option to acquire a 51% interest.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Lukas H. Lundin, President and CEO



Svetloye Drill Results
2008 Program
Holes PDSC-127 to PDSC-148

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Gold Gold
From To Width grade Width grade
Prospect Hole TD (m) (m) (m) (m) (g/t) (m) (g/t)
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Tamara PDSC-127 145.7 2.0 30.0 28.0 0.57
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Tamara PDSC-128 137.4 49.3 62.0 12.7 0.54
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Tamara PDSC-129 140.0 0.0 15.6 15.6 0.36
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Tamara PDSC-130 140.0 0.0 7.8 7.8 0.39
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and 25.8 37.7 11.9 0.33
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Tamara PDSC-131 152.0 65.4 99.0 33.6 0.44 including 7.9 0.91
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Tamara PDSC-132 125.7 4.6 17.3 12.7 0.43
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Tamara PDSC-133 140.0 0.0 49.5 49.5 0.52 including 13.5 0.72
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Tamara PDSC-134 125.0 0.0 21.5 21.5 0.95 including 6.7 2.48
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Tamara PDSC-135 130.5 10.6 57.0 46.4 8.66 including 20.2 19.09
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Tamara PDSC-136 134.0 0.0 39.5 39.5 0.39 including 4.1 0.99
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Tamara PDSC-137 131.0 41.0 65.5 24.5 0.47 including 6.6 0.98
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Tamara PDSC-138 140.0 no significant intercepts
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Tamara N PDSC-139 152.0 6.0 65.0 59.0 0.47 including 4.3 1.15
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Tamara PDSC-140 154.0 42.2 46.0 3.8 1.91
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Tamara PDSC-141 101.0 87.0 101.0 14.0 0.31
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Tamara N PDSC-142 137.0 7.3 72.2 64.9 0.32
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Tamara PDSC-143 170.0 no significant intercepts
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Tamara N PDSC-144 91.3 0.0 25.3 25.3 0.25
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Tamara N PDSC-145 108.0 0.0 29.2 29.2 0.63 including 9.3 1.42
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Tamara N PDSC-146 151.0 58.0 106.7 48.7 1.07 including 13.8 2.01
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Tamara PDSC-147 132.5 6.0 41.0 35.0 0.92 including 7.5 2.11
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Tamara PDSC-148 161.0 31.0 38.2 7.2 0.40
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True thicknesses are not accurately known at this time; in some cases they
may be less than the core lengths reported.


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