Russian troops from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) peacekeeping forces have begun protecting vital facilities in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
The Ministry said in a statement that Russian peacekeeping units, which had been airlifted on military transport aircraft from Russian airports, had begun their duties after being informed of the situation in Kazakhstan.
The Ministry explained that Russian troops’ main task is “to protect Kazakhstan’s vital facilities, infrastructure and social institutions.”
Russian military transport aircraft have carried out more than 70 flights to date, using Il-76 and An-124 aircraft to transport units of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan.
In accordance with the decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council adopted on January 6, 2022, the Collective Peacekeeping Forces have been sent to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period of time.