Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 18 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Minister Prof. Win Myat Aye met with the Myanmar community in New York and accepted a donation of US$29,000 to be used in humanitarian assistance to IDPs in Myanmar

The NYCBC group, based in the United States, reported on July 18 that during a meeting on July 9 between Union Minister Prof. Win Myat Aye and the Myanmar community in New York, donations from Myanmar families were accepted, and the Union Minister returned a certificate of appreciation to them. 

The meeting between Union Minister Prof. Win Myat Aye and Myanmar families in New York took place on July 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Queens Borough.

The Union Minister explained the work of the ministry and responded to the questions raised by the Myanmar families, and then the Myanmar families donated US$29,200 to be used in humanitarian assistance to IDPs in Myanmar.

2. NUG’s Defence Ministry reveals that revolutionary resistance alliances now have the capability to obstruct the junta’s main military transportation routes

U Maung Maung Swe, Deputy Secretary of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Defence, said in his video presentation on July 17 to the public on the achievements of the Spring Revolution: “At this time, with the collective unity of the people, offensives can be started all over the country. Not only in ethnic areas but across many parts of the country, we can attack with offensives in 2023, according to the strategy. Achievements such as obstructing the main support routes of the military council, and assaulting the military council’s base stations carrying out by the People’s Defence Force (PDF) and alliance Ethnic Resistance Organisations (EROs) can now be seen very often all over the country.”

According to the Ministry of Defence, in March 2023, there were 437 instances of clashes with the junta forces in Sagaing, Magway, Mandalay Regions, and northern Shan State in No. 1 Military Region, which resulted in 612 enemy causalities and 700 injuries. A large amount of ammunition as well as 27 different types of weapons were seized during those clashes. The clashes were fought by the PDF battalions, Pa-Ka-Fa forces under the command of No. 1 Military Region Command, and allied Ethnic Resistance Organisations (EROs).

3. Fighting fierce in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Kayin State, for almost an entire day, the junta troops opened fire on a passenger vehicle, killing 2 people and wounding 17 others

The News and Information Department of the No. 3 Military Region of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Defence released a military report that a combined force consisting of the Red Dragon Column of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) of the Ministry of Defence,  Battalion 16 of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), and other resistance alliance forces ambushed a junta’s military column that was marching with a large force on the Emerald Green Road, a road connecting Pu Lein village and Kha Lel (Kale) village in Kyain Seikgyi Township in Kayin State. The fighting was fierce and lasted for almost the entire day on July 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:37 p.m.

As stated in the report, 16 junta soldiers were killed and 18 others were injured in the fighting. Five comrades of the resistance alliance forces sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

When a passenger vehicle carrying 18 passengers and a driver travelled through the area during the fighting, two civilians were killed and 17 others were hit by bullets fired by the junta troops. The report stated that resistance alliance forces called off fire upon spotting a passenger vehicle approaching, but the junta troops opened fire on the vehicle.

4. Four junta military vehicles on their way to reinforce the outpost in Htee Saung village, Sagaing Region, were mined

Moe Nyo Revolution Force (MNRF) claimed that they had joined forces with allies to launch a mine attack against four military vehicles of the junta’s Light Infantry Division No. 33 (LID-33), which is based in Sagaing, on the road connecting Sagaing and Monywa at 9:45 p.m. on July 17 when they arrived near Htee Saung village.

The resistance-allied forces used 10 mines to attack the military convoy when they turned around after not being able to proceed due to the ambush, hitting two vehicles on the front, said the MNRF. Moe Nyo Revolution Force (MNRF) and PENTAGRAM allies reportedly cooperated on the attack.

5. A junta soldier from the Infantry Battalion No. 266 (IB-266) based in Hakha, Chin State, defected from the military and surrendered to the CDF-Hakha along with one MA-1 rifle, being awarded 5 million kyats

On July 17, the Chinland Defence Force-Hakha (CDF-Hakha) announced that a private soldier from the Infantry Battalion No. 266 (IB-266) based in Hakha, Chin State, defected from the military and surrendered to the CDF-Hakha along with one MA-1 rifle, four box magazines, and 126 rounds of ammunition.  CDF-Hakha had awarded him 5 million kyats and sent him to a safe place.

Four junta soldiers also surrendered to the CDF-Hakha earlier this year, according to the CDF-Hakha: one on January 25, two on February 2, and one on February 26.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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