Русия: Министерството на отбраната се включва в борбата с горските пожари

Russia's Defence Ministry joined the fight against vast wildfires in the east of the country with at least nine sorties flown by Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft in an attempt to quell the flames in the Irkutsk Region, Monday. The Defence Ministry has sent in 11,500 personnel with around 1,800 pieces of hardware to help contain, control and ultimately extinguish the fires. 80 Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-26 helicopters, supporting 12 IL-76s, were also made available, while combat aircrafts such as the Sukhoi Su-24 have also been deployed for the detection of any new outbreaks. According to officials the area affected by the wildfires in Irkutsk region decreased from 50,000 to 20,000 hectares.