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Russian Military Bus Crashes In South Ossetia, Killing Six Officers

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a military bus has crashed into a deep ravine in South Ossetia, killing six Russian officers and injuring 16.

The bus was traveling on a mountainous road in the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia on May 19 when it crashed into the 40-meter-deep ravine.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the officers were traveling from Tskhinvali to their place of work when the brakes on the bus failed.

Moscow sent a plane with military medics to South Ossetia to provide treatment for the injured officers.

Four gravely injured Russian officers were being flown to a Moscow hospital on May 19.

Moscow recognized the breakaway region’s independence after Russia defeated Georgia in a brief war in 2008.

Since then, Russia has maintained a troop presence in South Ossetia.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, TASS, and Interfax