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Two Albanian Soldiers Injured As Russians, Ukrainian Attempt Entering Army Plant

Two Albanian soldiers were injured while trying to stop two Russians and a Ukrainian from entering a military plant, the Balkan country's defence minister said Sunday.


This handout picture taken and released by Albanian Ministry of Defence shows Albanian Defense Minister Niko Peleshi (L) chating with military member Aldo Bici in a hospital in Tirana on August 21, 2022. Peleshi pays a visit to two Albanian soldiers injured while trying to stop two Russians and one Ukrainian from entering a military plant near the city of Gramsh. (Photo by Handout / ALBANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / AFP)
This handout picture taken and released by the Albanian Ministry of Defence shows Albanian Defense Minister Niko Peleshi (L) chatting with military member Aldo Bici in a hospital in Tirana on August 21, 2022. AFP

 

Two Albanian soldiers were injured while trying to stop two Russians and a Ukrainian from entering a military plant, the Balkan country’s defence minister said Sunday.

One of the suspects jumped the fence of the Gramsh factory in central Albania, which is used for dismantling derelict weapons, and attacked the guards who confronted him, Niko Peleshi said.

“The Russian national reacted physically and he also used a spray which injured the two soldiers, who managed to warn the police”, Peleshi said after visiting the soldiers in the hospital.

The 24-year-old man, identified by the initials M.Z., was caught taking photographs of the facility.

A Russian identified as S.T. and aged 33 and a  Ukrainian identified as F.A. and aged 25 were also arrested in a car near the factory.

The Albanian soldiers sustained eye injuries but are due to be released from the hospital, the defence minister said.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said the three were “suspected of espionage”.

“This is an incident that needs to be treated in a broader regional and political context,” Peleshi added.

“It cannot be dismissed as an ordinary incident but we should not rush to conclusions either.”

Albania has been a NATO member since 2009.

AFP