MOSCOW, February 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev visited the police officers at the Ministry's main hospital, who have been wounded in the performance of their duty during a recent special operation to neutralize militants in the North Caucasus.
Entering the ward, the minister asked the wounded police officers how they were feeling and wished them the soonest recovery. "I wish to state, Comrades officers, that you are the people who prevent the 21st century threats. You are at the frontline today, and of course, it is a great responsibility. Well done, thank you for your service. Return to service," Nurgaliyev said to them.
"There are very responsible medics in the hospital, who were on the frontline on many occasions. Believe me, they treat every patient with all their hearts. Doctors will do everything to make you healthy," the minister assured.
Relatives of the wounded police talked with their loved ones via a video link. Hospital personnel installed monitors in the wards for this purpose. During the visit to the hospital, Nurgaliyev congratulated the wounded police and hospital personnel with upcoming Defender of the Fatherland Day and gave them presents.
A large special operation to neutralize participants in illegal paramilitary formations was carried out on the border between Chechnya and Dagestan. Seven militants were destroyed. Seventeen police officers were killed in an ambush, and another 24 were wounded.
President Dmitry Medvedev ordered to provide all necessary assistance to the families of the killed police officers and medical assistance to the wounded.