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Ukrainian helicopter crews conduct successful operation against militants in DR Congo

Source : 112 Ukraine

The fighters serve within the UN peacekeepers' contingent in this country; none of them suffered over three months of combat missions
14:26, 30 January 2019

Reuters

Pilots of Ukrainian gunships, the members of UN peacekeeping mission conducted a successful operation, codename Operation Scorpion, in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Defence Ministry said that over the past three months, the crews of Mi-24 Hind gunships completed almost 1,500 combat missions. They fought the local mercenaries who attacked the local military, UN peacekeepers and members of humanitarian organizations that combat the ongoing spell of Ebola virus.

The illegal armed units also attacked local residents.

None of the Ukrainian peacekeepers were hurt in these attacks.

Earlier, Ukrainian military helicopters evacuated the peacekeeper of the Republic of Malawi, who survived by himself in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 16 days. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry."During the clashes, a peacekeeper from the contingent of the Republic of Malawi lost contact with his unit and ended up alone in the jungle. Search and rescue operations did not give any results for 16 days due to extremely dense vegetation and difficult weather conditions. Fortunately, this soldier did not panic and managed to reach an open area, where he was found and promptly evacuated by the crew of a Ukrainian military helicopter," the message said.

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