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Putin’s Troops Go In as Kazakh Leader Orders Protesters Shot

  • Those who don’t surrender will be destroyed, Tokayev says
  • Russian paratroopers take part in operation to seize airport
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Kazakhstan’s president said he’s ordered security forces to shoot protesters “without warning” as he declared victory with Russia’s help in crushing unrest sweeping the central Asian nation.

“Those who don’t surrender will be destroyed,” President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in a televised address to the nation Friday. He rejected all calls for negotiations with the protesters, calling them “criminals, murderers,” and said operations are continuing against them.