Armored vehicle accident in Abkhazia involved Russian border guards - reports

The Russian Defense Ministry has steered clear of a traffic accident involving the crew of a Russian armored personnel carrier in Abkhazia on Sunday.

The Russian Defense Ministry has steered clear of a traffic accident involving the crew of a Russian armored personnel carrier in Abkhazia on Sunday.

"No traffic accidents have occurred involving armored vehicles of the 7th Russian military base in Abkhazia," a spokesman for the Southern Military District told Interfax-AVN on Sunday.

According to information available, it was an accident involving an armored personnel carrier crew of the Federal Security Service's Border Troops.

Reports said earlier that one Russian serviceman died and four others were injured in an accident involving an armored personnel carrier in the village of Okum in the Tkvarcheli district of Abkhazia on Saturday.

Local officials said the driver of an armored vehicle carrying Russian servicemen lost control of the vehicle which turned over and fell into a ravine. The crew commander died on the spot. The injured servicemen were injured.

The hospitalized Russian servicemen's lives are not in danger, Nargiza Kharchilava, chief of the Sukhumi republic hospital, told Interfax.

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