Damage from Wednesday fighting was revealed early on Thursday in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek after the opposition seized Kyrgyzstan’s government headquarters following clashes between protesters and security forces that killed at least 68 people. No police guarded the government headquarters, and hundreds of jubilant but calm residents stood outside, including some who had climbed up on an armoured personnel carrier. Others were walking freely through the building known as the White House.
MOSCOW, April 8 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday spoke on the phone with Kyrgyz opposition-nominated premier Roza Otunbayeva, Putin’s spokesman said. Dmitry Peskov said Otunbayeva told Putin that her country needs economic assistance, and that Putin said Russia is ready to offer humanitarian aid. “It is important to note that the conversation was held with Otunbayeva in her capacity of the head of a national confidence government,” Peskov said.