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Ukrainian peacekeeping mission helicopter gets into gunfire in Congo

March 21, 2012, 23:21 UTC+3

Indian military doctors described Captain Vaskivsky's condition as stable

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KIEV, March 21 (Itar-Tass) — A helicopter of the Ukrainian peacekeeping mission underwent gunfire in Congo Wednesday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry told Itar-Tass.

As a result of the incident, the on-board interpreter, Captain Sergei Vaskivsky was wounded in the leg. He was rushed to the military hospital of the Indian peacekeeping contingent where he was given a surgery.

Indian military doctors described Captain Vaskivsky's condition as stable.

The Defense Ministry has set up an operative group with Major General Alexander Sirsky at the head to clear out all the details of the incident.

Urkainian parliament endorsed President Viktor Yanukovich's decision at the end of 2011 to dispatch a peacekeeping contingent to Congo to join the UN stabilization forces in that much-troubled African country.

At present, the contingent's tables of organization and equipment have 157 servicemen and four helicopters.


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