Aug 2, 2022 5:05 p.m
After the crash of a helicopter belonging to a UN mission in the Congo, Russia is calling for an all-round investigation. A Russian military man is among the dead. In addition, Moscow is calling for tighter security measures for UN peacekeepers in the African country.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reported on the death of a Russian citizen in the Democratic Republic of Congo at her briefing on Tuesday. The diplomat called for an all-round investigation after a helicopter belonging to the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) crashed in the African country. Zakharova said that the citizen who died was the senior officer of the Russian military observers, Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Misyura.
The State Department spokeswoman also called on the MONUSCO leadership and the government in Kinshasa to take additional precautions to increase the security of the UN peacekeepers. Zakharova condemned the recent attacks by protesters on MONUSCO facilities in North Kivu province, resulting in deaths and injuries.
The riots began on July 22. The background was a statement by Senate President Modeste Bahati, who described the UN mission as inefficient and asked its staff to leave Congo. Protesters violently entered a UN building in the provincial capital Goma. Security forces responded with tear gas and gunfire. The protests later spread to the southern town of Uvira. At least 22 people were killed. Another 67 people were injured, some seriously. Three UN peacekeepers from India and Morocco were among the dead. North Kivu Police said the attackers were criminals who took advantage of the demonstration against the UN peacekeeping presence. The Congolese government condemned the attacks.
The blue helmets have been stationed in the northeast of the country for more than 20 years. It is the world’s largest UN peacekeeping mission. According to US information, around 130 different armed groups are said to be active in the Central African country with its approximately 90 million inhabitants. Many of them are concerned with controlling valuable natural resources such as copper, cobalt, gold and diamonds.
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