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Invasion of Kyrgyzstan: Case initiated on crimes against peace

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Kyrgyzstan initiated a criminal case under Article 402 (crimes against peace) of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Deputy Interior Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Oktyabr Urmambetov, told at a press conference. He coordinates the work of law enforcement agencies and investigative teams in Batken region.

According to him, an interdepartmental investigation group has been formed in Batken region to conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the attack of Tajikistan.

The group includes representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Military Prosecutor’s Office, local authorities, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Defense. The formed group inspects the affected villages.

To date, a thorough inspection of 15 objects (residential buildings and shopping centers) that were damaged during the shelling has been carried out, and measures have been taken to calculate the damage.

«Control is being carried out over the rational and correct distribution of humanitarian aid for Batken region. The police of Batken region and the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic provide public security, carry out round-the-clock patrolling, the situation is under full control. Work is underway in affected villages of Batken and Leilek region to search for and neutralize unexploded shells,» the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in the statement.

Emergency situation has been introduced in Batken region. Shooting began at several sites of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the morning of September 16. Settlements in Leilek and Batken district came under fire. The Ministry of Health reported 163 victims, 59 people were killed. As a result of the armed conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, residents of seven villages in Batken and Leilek districts, as well as Dzhekendi village in Chon-Alai district of Osh region, left their homes.

By the decree of the President Sadyr Japarov, September 19, 2022 was declared a Day of National Mourning in the Kyrgyz Republic.