President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev requested member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for assistance to repel the appeared “terrorist threat”.
According to the leader of Kazakhstan, militant gangs have been seizing infrastructure buildings, premises with small arms and are fighting with cadets of military schools. He noted that the civilian airport and 5 planes, including foreign ones, were briefly seized by gangs in Almaty.
Tokayev emphasized that intense clashes between militants and Kazakh security forces were ongoing near Almaty.
President Tokayev described the ongoing developments as a foreign aggression against Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, reports appear that 45th Regiment of the Russian Airborne Forces stationed in Kubinka (Odintsovsky District of Moscow Oblast) was put on alert. According to Russian media, this very regiment may be deployed as a part of the CSTO force to repel the aggression against the country.
Government offices are burning in Almaty:
Center of the city:
Earlier, Tokayev held phone calls with Russian and Belarus President regarding the situation in the country to discuss the developing situation.
Vice mayor of the city said that the anti-terrorist operation has been kicked off in the city and its countryside. The local airport was reportedly freed from gangs.
‘Protesters’ seize weapons in the gun room of the national security committee facility in Almaty:
‘Protesters’ receive weapons:
The situation is developing.
Nonetheless, recent actions of the Kazakh leadership and its decision to request the CSTO assistance demonstrate that Kazakhstan and its allies will contribute every possible effort to repel the ongoing foreign-sponsored terrorist aggression against the country.
Security forces in Almaty:
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