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The advance team of the Russian helicopter group is leaving for Sudan on Thursday
The advance team of the Russian helicopter group is leaving for Sudan on Thursday. It will operate as part of the U.N. mission in this African country. “An Il-76 aircraft will deliver about 30 people as well as munitions and over 10 tons of outfits and property necessary for deploying the helicopter team at the place of location,” the Air Force spokesman said. General Sergei Shevchenko, the deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force, told Itar-Tass that up to 200 servicemen as well as four Mi-8 helicopters with a full set of equipment and ammunitions and more than 100 tons of various cargoes onboard would be airlifted to Sudan. The An-24, An-22 and Il-76 military transport planes will make nearly 40 flights. In March 2005, the U.N. Security Council voted for sending 10,700 “blue helmets” to Sudan. The peacekeeping contingent’s task is to monitor the enforcement of an agreement on ending a 21-year-old civil war between Khartoum and South Sudanese rebels from the People’s Liberation Army of Sudan.
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