Russia sends troopers to Kyrgyzstan to protect Russian facilities: Interfax

12:33, June 14, 2010      

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Servicemen drive armoured vehicles in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan June 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A battalion of Russian troopers have been sent to Kyrgyzstan to protect the Russian facilities in the Kant military base, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.

Three Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo aircraft, carrying humanitarian aids and the paratroopers from the 31st landing brigade of the Russian Air-Borne Force, have landed at the Russian air base on Sunday afternoon, a military source told Interfax.

"The task of the battalion is to guard Russian military facilities and guarantee the security of Russian servicemen and their families," the source said.

The battalion was transferred to Kant air base due to the aggravation of the situation in south Kyrgyzstan, he added.

The paratroopers were armed with regular small arms and ammunition, and took the necessary food supplies, the source noted.

Interfax has not obtained official confirmation of this information yet.

Since the riot in April, two companies of Russian paratroopers have been staying at Kant air base under a decision of the chief of the Russian General Staff.

The ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan have claimed the lives of at least 97 people and injured over 1,200 people, RIA Novosti news agency reported Sunday, citing a local health ministry spokesman.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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