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South Ossetia: Six Russian soldiers killed after bus plunges into ravine - reports01:08

South Ossetia: Six Russian soldiers killed after bus plunges into ravine - reports

South Ossetia, Tskhinval, South Ossetia
May 19, 2016 at 16:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

Six Russian service personnel died and 16 others were injured when their bus veered off a road into a ravine in South Ossetia on Thursday, according to reports.

The convoy was taking part in an exercise on a mountainous road leading from Tskhinval when the incident occurred, with initial suggestions blaming bad weather for the accident. Soldiers and relatives were filmed outside the republican hospital in Tskhinval as they absorbed the news.

A plane with medics was sent from Moscow to provide treatment for the injured soldiers.

Grigori Kulidzhanov, Minister of Health and Social Development, Republic of South Ossetia, said that "the bus with the officers of the Russian Army fell into a ravine in conditions of poor visibility" adding that "as a result 19 soldiers were delivered to the republican hospital. Unfortunately, some of them are dead. Many of them are in poor condition."

South Ossetia: Six Russian soldiers killed after bus plunges into ravine - reports01:08
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Six Russian service personnel died and 16 others were injured when their bus veered off a road into a ravine in South Ossetia on Thursday, according to reports.

The convoy was taking part in an exercise on a mountainous road leading from Tskhinval when the incident occurred, with initial suggestions blaming bad weather for the accident. Soldiers and relatives were filmed outside the republican hospital in Tskhinval as they absorbed the news.

A plane with medics was sent from Moscow to provide treatment for the injured soldiers.

Grigori Kulidzhanov, Minister of Health and Social Development, Republic of South Ossetia, said that "the bus with the officers of the Russian Army fell into a ravine in conditions of poor visibility" adding that "as a result 19 soldiers were delivered to the republican hospital. Unfortunately, some of them are dead. Many of them are in poor condition."

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