2022 Kyrgyzstan–Tajikistan clashes

A series of sporadic border clashes resumed between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on 27 January 2022, following a series of clashes in 2021 between the two countries.

2022 Kyrgyzstan–Tajikistan clashes
Part of the post-Soviet conflicts

Map showing areas where clashes broke out
Date14 September – 20 September 2022
Location
Status Ceasefire
Belligerents
 Tajikistan  Kyrgyzstan
Commanders and leaders
Units involved
Casualties and losses

74 killed (per Tajikistan)[1]
58 killed (per RFE/RL)[1]
200+ injured (per Kyrgyzstan)[2]

1 BM-21 Grad , 3 T-72B3 , 1-2 BTR-70

59 killed[3][4]

1 Military Vehicle Tigr , 1 T-72A Ural
139 wounded
136,000 evacuated

Kyrgyzstan officials said that the clashes escalated on 14 September 2022, with Tajik forces using tanks, APCs, and mortars to enter at least one Kyrgyz village and shelling the airport of the Kyrgyz town of Batken and adjacent areas.[5] Both nations blamed each other for the fighting.[6] The border conflict continued for two days, after which the parties were able to agree to a ceasefire on the night of 16 September 2022,[7] which only held for about a day.[8][9]

Kyrgyzstan's President Sadyr Japarov said in a televised address that his country would continue efforts to resolve the Kyrgyz–Tajik border issues in a purely peaceful way.[10] Tajikistan's foreign ministry stated that the key to resolving the conflict lay in negotiations, and it reiterated its position that Kyrgyzstan had instigated the fighting.[11] Russian news agencies reported that both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to pull out additional military hardware and forces from the border, citing a statement from the head of the Sughd Region of Tajikistan.[10] On 20 September 2022, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan signed a peace deal.[12]


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