Russia and Rwanda Send Military Forces and Supplies to Central African Republic to Counter Violence of Rebels

Russia and Rwanda sent hundreds of troops and supplies to the Central African Republic (CAR) to help in quelling the surge of violence instigated by several militia groups ahead of the upcoming general election.

Russia and Rwanda sent hundreds of troops and supplies to the Central African Republic (CAR) to help in quelling the surge of violence instigated by several militia groups ahead of the upcoming general election.

According to the Central African government, the deployment of external forces has been done as security levels began deteriorating in the country after the recent aggression of three powerful rebel groups.

“Russia has sent several hundred men from the regular forces and heavy equipment” as part of a bilateral cooperation agreement, CAR government spokesperson Ange Maxime Kazagui said on Monday.

“The Rwandans have also sent several hundred men who are on the ground and have started fighting.”

Rwanda confirmed the CAR government’s statement, saying that its deployment of military forces was in response to the targeting of its troops that have been helping the region’s security forces and U.N. peacekeepers in fighting against rebels supported by CAR’s former president Francois Bozize.

On Saturday, authorities of CAR accused Bozizé of plotting a coup d’etat with the militia groups that started to advance on the capital Bangui.

According to the CAR government, Bozizé attempted a coup after the courts decided to reject his presidential candidacy.

A spokesman for Bozizé’s KNK party denied the allegations of the authorities.


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