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TIRASPOL, July 29 (Itar-Tass) - Servicemen of the Joint Peacekeeping Force of Russia, Moldova and the breakaway territory of Transdniestria have conducted Open Day devoted to the 21st anniversary of the peacekeeping operation start.
In the morning Bendery started to welcome the guests - those who were affected by the 1992 armed conflict.
Addressing the guests, the leader of the breakaway region, Yevgeny Shevchuk, said: “You made invaluable contribution to maintaining peace on the Transdniestrian land. Under any circumstances, you show restraint and express readiness for the responsible and tense work, for serious trials. You are guarantors of the new peaceful life. Trust, love and people’s respect is a sincere reward of your service.”
On Sunday, July 28, wreathes were laid at the monuments to Russian peacekeepers and at the monument to General Alexander Lebed, commander of the 14th Army.
On July 29, 1992 the first plane carrying Russian peacekeepers made a landing in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway republic. Russian peacekeepers stopped military actions between Moldova and its breakaway region. During the military actions, over 1,000 people were killed and many thousands of people were injured or became refugees. The peacekeeping operation, which started under the Russian-Moldovan agreement of June 21, 1992, was one of the luckiest operations. Since then no clashes have been registered. Peaceful civilians died. Peace is ensured by the Joint Peacekeeping Force that involves servicemen of Russia, Moldova and its breakaway region, as well as Ukrainian military observers.