Russia sends fresh peacekeepers to Sudan

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Russia airlifted about 120 personnel to Sudan as part of an international peacekeeping operation there, the Defense Ministry said.

Russian peacekeepers have been in Sudan since April 2006, providing transport services for UN military observers, escorting freight shipments and carrying out rescue and other operations. They are rotated every six months.

Spokesperson Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said an Il-76 transport plane took off from the Chkalovsky airfield l on the 23 of June and deliver around 100 personnel and equipment to Sudan.

It will be followed by an An-124 Ruslan heavy-lift airplane that will transport four Mi-8 MTB helicopters and 10 personnel.

On June 29, another transport plane will deliver essential materiel and technical equipment.

The Russian peacekeeping contingent in Sudan comprises 120 personnel and four Mi-8 helicopters equipped to United Nations standards.

In March and April, the Russian helicopter unit transported almost 1800 passengers and more than 86 metric tons of cargo as part of preparations for the country’s general elections. The Russian peacekeepers also delivered ballots to polling stations in southern Sudan.

Personnel from the group were awarded UN medals in May for their outstanding performance in the region.

The UN Mission in Sudan was established in 2005 to monitor the peace agreement between the government in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in southern Sudan, which ended the longest-running civil war in Africa.

Pic: Russian troops



Source: www.globalsecurity.org