- Title: RUSSIA: FIRST RUSSIAN IFOR TROOPS LEAVE FOR BOSNIA
- Date: 12th January 1996
- Summary: (IVANOVO, JANUARY 12TH 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV TRANSPORT PLANES WAITING IN LINE AT AIRPORT (3 SHOTS) 0.14 2. LV SOLDIERS WAITING NEAR PLANES 0.22 3. LV/SV PLANES (2 SHOTS) 0.29 4. SV INTERIOR MILITARY VEHICLES INSIDE CARGO HOLD (2 SHOTS) 0.35 5. LV SOLDIERS AND PLANES AT AIRPORT (2 SHOTS) 0.48 6. LV ARMY ENCAMPMENT / BUSES 0.54 7. LV TRUCKS 0.58 8. SV TROOPS BOARDING TRUCKS FOR THE AIRPORT (4 SHOTS) 1.18 9. LV/SV TROOPS STANDING TO ATTENTION BEFORE BOARDING PLANE (4 SHOTS) 1.41 10.SV SOLDIERS GETTING ON THE PLANE 1.49 11.LV PLANE TAKING OFF 2.04 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: IVANOVO, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:02:07
- Story Text: The first Russian troops headed for Bosnia on Friday (January 12) to join the international force being assembled by NATO to implement the Dayton peace agreement.
The 150 troops, part of a 1,500-strong brigade that will work in the first joint operation with U.S. forces in a potential combat zone for 50 years, left for the Tuzla region on three transport aircraft from the central Russian town of Ivanovo.
The airlift of paratroops will take place in three stages until the end of January.
The Russian soldiers have been preparing for weeks for the Bosnian mission at a snow-covered military base in Kostroma, about 300 km (180 miles) northeast of Moscow. Many of them are battle-hardened veterans of the Afghanistan and Chechnya conflicts.
The Russian brigade would be based near the town of Brcko in northern Bosnia, which is controlled by Bosnian Serbs.
An advance party of Russian troops has already visited the main U.S. base at Tuzla.
Moscow agreed to send troops to join the 60,000-strong force provided they were not under the direct command of NATO, Moscow's former Cold War adversary.
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