7 Ukrainian peacekeepers wounded in Iraq
( 2003-10-29 17:32) (Agencies)
Seven Ukrainian peacekeepers
were wounded when militants attacked their patrol in southern Iraq (news - web
sites), the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Two armored personnel carriers with 17 Ukrainian peacekeepers were ambushed
Tuesday night near As Suwayrah, northwest of their base at Kut in southern Iraq,
said Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Kostiantyn Khivrenko. Three mines
exploded under the vehicles, and militants then opened fire.
Khivrenko said that the wounded soldiers' condition was stable. Five of them
were hospitalized in Baghdad, and the two others suffered only slight injuries.
A Ukrainian peacekeeper died earlier this month when the vehicle he was
riding in turned over.
Some 1,650 Ukrainian troops are serving in the Polish-led stabilization force
patrolling southern Iraq.