Russia congratulated Mali on Friday for an “important victory” against “terrorism”, hailing the recent military operation in Moura, where more than 200 jihadists were killed, according to the Malian army, while testimonies made state of the mass execution of civilians.
The armed forces of Mali carried out a successful military operation, during which more than 200 Islamist fighters were killed in the village of Mourathe Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
We would like to congratulate the Malians for this important victory in the fight against the terrorist threat.underlines the press release.
The Russian ministry has called
disinformation the allegations of the massacre of civilians in this village in central Mali, as well as those of the involvement of Russian mercenaries in this operation, accusing the West of having
staged a campaign to
emphasize Moscow’s involvement in war crimes.
We are not indifferent to the fate of the Malian people, we are bound by traditionally friendly relations with this country.assures the press release.
We have helped our Malian friends and we will continue to do sohe adds.
The Malian army and witnesses interviewed by the press or the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) offer diametrically opposed versions of the events that took place between March 27 and 31 in Moura, in a region which is one of the main hotbeds of Sahelian violence.
The army says it has
neutralized 203 jihadists during a major operation. The witnesses cited report summary executions of civilians, rapes and acts of looting committed by Malian soldiers and foreign fighters presumed to be Russians.