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Russia increases its military contingent in South Ossetia2008-11-28 17:15
The construction of the fourth military base of the Russian Armed forces began in South Ossetia. It was stated by a representative of the Command of Russian military contingent in South Ossetia.
The construction of the base was planned in accordance with the treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia as of September 17 2008. This is a document that laid a foundation of the law-based dialogue that president Medvedev described as follows: "A logical consequence to the whole cycle of events that have taken place in the region since the 90s". Including the continuation of the peacekeeping mission of Russia in South Ossetia.
The base will welcome 3700 servicemen. The construction will be completed by 2010.
"At present the Russian military contingent in South Ossetia is represented by independent motor-rifle brigade 693 subunits - the RF Command representative emphasized. - On their basis the fourth military base under the command of Colonel Alexander Ignatenko will be formed". He also explained that the military commandant's office of the republic was included in the organizational and staff structure of the base.
At the same time the security in the border areas is provided by Russian checkpoints near Tskhinval, Perevi, Okon, Dvan, Gudzhabaur, Erghneti, Pris, Eredvi, Grom, Mosabruni, Monaster together with Ossetian units.
However there can be doubts as to the efficiency of the security provision. This is what Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya, a human rights center "Memorial" employee, said about the conditions of the soldiers' service on her visit to the checkpoint at Mosabruni village a few days ago: "The conditions are very bad. Where they are now (the soldiers) food supplies are irregular resulting in several days of delay. For the long time they had to sleep in trenches both near Tskhinval and Leninogor covered with jackets right in the open. The people fell ill. The tents were fixed not long ago".
The concern of the human right activists is quite reasonable. But these are people wearing military uniform and due to their profession are supposed to endure hardships and privations stoically as it is said in the statutes, especially in the war setting. Besides, what irregularities in food supply are meant? Most probably it's the hot food. That means soldiers had to be limited by packed meal - they couldn't have been hungry for several days.