Clashes erupted between the Mandalay chapter of the anti-regime People’s Defense Force (PDF) and junta troops in Nawnghkio township in northern Shan state on August 29. Mandalay PDF fighters ambushed a column of about 500 regime soldiers with explosives near the village of Kone Ta Mawt, located in the northwest of the township near the border with the Mandalay region, triggering two days of fierce fighting, according to the group’s spokesman. The two sides also fought for an entire day near the villages of Ku Lar Kwe and Long Hkan, less than 5 km from Kone Ta Mawt, five days earlier. The army deployed two helicopters into the battle, forcing hundreds of villagers to flee. Casualties were reported on both sides.
Nawnghkio town is on the Muse-Mandalay highway, an important local trade route, and less than 60 km from Pyin Oo Lwin, where the elite defense services and several military bases are located. Junta forces and PDFs from Mandalay clashed in the township at least five times in August and three times in July. The Ta’ang National Liberation Army, an ethnic armed group, is also active in the area.
On September 4, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) arrested eight plainclothes regime soldiers as they traveled in a civilian vehicle from Thabyuzayat to Ye in Mon State. The KNLA, an armed group under the command of the Karen National Union, and their PDF allies were conducting security inspections in the area at the time of the arrests. No other details were available at the time of writing the report.
Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing left for Russia on September 4 to attend the 7th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which is due to be held in the port city of Vladivostok from September 5-8. He was accompanied by military council members Moung Har and Saw Daniel, joint corps secretary-general Ye Win Oo and other senior military officials. During the trip, he will meet with Russian officials to discuss continued economic cooperation as the two countries face increasing isolation from the West.
According to Russian news agency Tass, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold bilateral meetings with invited foreign leaders on the sidelines of the forum. The Kremlin press service described Min Aung Hlaing as “Prime Minister of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces” of Myanmar. The putschist also traveled to Russia in July to attend the dedication of a replica of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Moscow.
The latest visit comes a month after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Naypyitaw in early August. Junta Deputy Commander-in-Chief Soe Win was in Moscow from August 26-28 to attend the closing ceremony of the 2022 International Military Games. During his visit, he met with Russian Deputy Defense Minister , Colonel General Alexander Fomin.
UN special envoy
On September 5, UN special envoy for Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer, who met Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing in August, said there was little room to advocate for the de-escalation of violence or engaging in “talks about talks” to resolve crises. happening in the country. Speaking at a seminar organized by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, she said armed resistance has proliferated in Myanmar as “the military continues its disproportionate use of force and has intensified its attacks on civilians and stepped up operations against resistance forces, using militias and aerial bombardment. She also warned that a “multidimensional catastrophe” would arise in the region unless ASEAN and the international community found new ways to support Myanmar.
Condemning the latest prison sentence handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi, Heyzer said she would not return to the country unless she was allowed to meet with the deposed state councillor. She also worried about the state of health of the 77-year-old leader.
Three imprisoned Karen state cabinet ministers appointed by the National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from Hpa-an prison on September 1 after serving their sentences. Social Affairs Minister Bo Bo Wai Maung, Ethnic Affairs Minister Pa-O Khun Myo Tint and Immigration Minister Min Ko Khine were each sentenced to two years in prison for incitement following the coup. from last year. NLD-appointed Chief Minister Nang Khin Htwe Myint is currently serving a sentence in the same prison after To be condemned at the end of last year to a total of 77 years on charges of incitement and corruption.
Conditions of deterioration
Amid continued restrictions on the importation and retention of foreign currency, life-saving medicines have become more expensive and increasingly difficult to find in Myanmar. Several pharmaceutical stores have closed and the price of common drugs such as painkillers has almost doubled, according to healthcare workers and people with serious health conditions.
A junta-appointed administrator of 100 households was shot dead by two armed individuals on a motorcycle in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on September 1. Zaw Lin, 47, died on the way to hospital after being shot in the chest. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Two days before this incident, another administrator of 100 households named Soe Min Oo was shot dead in Dala township. Three assailants, from an urban guerrilla group called the Yangon District People’s Brigade, also seriously injured three other neighborhood administrators when they opened fire on them at a local teahouse. All of the victims were accused of working as informants for the military regime.
On August 31, a junta captain and eight other people were killed when a group of soldiers started arguing in Sit Pin Kwin village, Thanlyin township, Yangon region. A police source told Myanmar Now that two soldiers opened fire during the incident, killing the captain, six other army personnel and the wife and daughter of an army sergeant. Two others – a soldier and his 10-year-old son – were seriously injured. The deceased soldiers have been identified as Cpt Myo Han, Cpl Thein Aung and Privates Toe Tet Naing, Myo Min Khant, San Oo, Aung Lay and Lin Lin Htwe. Maw Maw San, Sergeant Zaw Moe Oo’s 50-year-old wife, and their 30-year-old daughter Aye Myat Moe, were the other deceased victims, the source said. One of the shooters, Private Waiyan Kyaw, fled with weapons and ammunition.