Russian Defense Officials Say Peacekeepers Return From Kazakhstan

The Russian peacekeeping contingent has left Kazakhstan after being sent to help the country stabilize the situation amid unprecedented protests.

The Russian Defense Ministry in a statement said that 20 planes carrying peacekeepers, who have accomplished their mission in Kazakhstan, arrived at the Chkalovskiy airbase in Russia.

More than 2,000 troops were deployed to Kazakhstan in a peacekeeping mission after a civil unrest by the Collective Treaty Security Organization CSTO, a military alliance between six countries namely Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

“Russian peacekeeping units that were part of the CSTO peacekeeping forces loaded military equipment into military transport aircraft Il-76 and departed Almaty,” the ministry said in a statement.

Peaceful protests over energy prices turned violent that caused the government of Kazakhstan to call on the Russian-led military bloc for help.

Kazakhstan officials confirmed that 225 people were dead among them 19 law enforcement officers and military personnel during the deadly violence.

Kazakhstan authorities blamed the violence on bandits and international “terrorists” who deliberately attempted to storm the government buildings and also to the airport to the country’s largest city, Almaty.

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