Stanislav Ivanov, serving with the parachute troops, became the 11th Russian peacekeeper to be killed in Kosovo since Russian forces arrived there in the summer of 1999. A representative for the Ministry of Defence informed the RIA Novosti correspondent about this on Thursday. According to the minister, Stanislav Ivanov's body was discovered with bullet wounds to his head by Kosovo Albanians in the early hours of Thursday morning, near the village of Korminjane close to the population point Kosovska Mitrovica, where the Russian Forces Contingent /RFC/ the 13th Tactical Group are based. The personal weapon of the soldier who had served as a driver in Kosovo for six months, was missing. As a result of the Russian peacekeeper's death criminal proceedings have been instigated. Members of the military prosecutor's office of the RFC are conducting inquiries.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea