Russian journalists have confirmed the crash of a helicopter operated by Russian private military contractors in the Central African Republic.
The incident took place on February 27 (pictured). The multipurpose helicopter SA341 Gazelle, piloted by a Russian specialist, made a hard landing near the capital of the prefecture of Ouam-Pende, Bozum.
More Russian mercenaries quickly arrived at the crash site and evacuated the pilot and the wounded man he was transporting. After that, the aircraft was burned.
Until now, information about the participation of Russian private contractors in the state of emergency remained unconfirmed, but a story about the participation of Russians in the conflict in the CAR was released on Russian television.
The story doesn’t relate to military instructors officially present in the country, but about the contractors, who in the plot are referred to as “Russian specialists.” These “Specialists” carry out combat missions in the CAR, but none of them are named and only one contractors had his face shown.
“We took off and began to circle sharply. Spun, spun and fell. (…) No harm done. We fell on soft ground,” the unnamed wounded soldier told the correspondent Alexander Rogatkin.
The squad leader requested an urgent helicopter evacuation. When he landed in the swamp, fuel leaked from his tank. As a result, there was a fire.
The pilot and the wounded instructor were taken with a military convoy to the nearest airfield. It is clarified that the road took five hours, since it was necessary to move on a broken dirt road. From there they will be sent to Moscow.
Earlier it was reported that the information about the helicopter crash was not confirmed officially.
In December, at the request of the CAR authorities, Russia sent 300 military instructors to the country. It was clarified that on the spot they would train the servicemen of the republic’s national army. At the same time, information appeared that Russian specialists began to help the CAR army – they were noticed 130 kilometers north-west of the republic’s capital, Bangui, along with mercenaries from Rwanda and representatives of the CAR Armed Forces.
The Russian Embassy in the Central African Republic is checking publications in the media about the crash in the country of a helicopter with the Russian military, Ambassador to Bangui Vladimir Titorenko told RIA Novosti.
He noted that the instructors’ management did not confirm these reports.
“There is nothing in the reports from MONUSCO either. It is precisely established that there are no killed or wounded among the Russian instructors,” the diplomat emphasized.
As such, there appears to be Russian contractors in CAR, and they’re carrying out combat operations. Queue the “Wagner PMC” conspiracies.
- On March 5, clashes between the militants and the CAR forces were reported in the Berberati area
- On March 5, The Cameroon-CAR border which Was closed for three months due to the insecurity in the CAR, reopened
- On March 7, a Russian helicopter crashed due to technical reasons. No casualties were reported
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