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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta taps Russian air power to bomb ethnic rebels

Military raids on Karen and Kachin states sow 'terror' in anti-coup strongholds

MiG-29 jet fighters: Myanmar has bought 30 MiG-29s as well as 10 Mi-24 and Mi-35P combat helicopters.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The skies above Myanmar's hinterlands have thundered from Russian-made jets over the past three weeks as they bomb strongholds of ethnic rebels along the country's borders with China and Thailand. On other nights, witnesses say, Russian-made attack helicopters shattered the silence and lit up the sky.

In the country's north, the Kachin Independence Army has borne the brunt of the bombing raids this week, according to local media reports. The military, which is also known as the Tatmadaw, is using ground forces and airstrikes to reclaim the strategic Alaw Hill near the Chinese border in Kachin State, which was seized last month by the KIA, The Irrawaddy news website reported.

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