Hostilities resume between Myanmar military and MNDAA 

After remaining in effect for more than two months in northern Shan State, a Chinese government-mediated ceasefire agreement between the junta forces and Kokang ethnic armed group has been broken

Regime forces and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) exchanged fire on Monday near Lashio, northern Shan State, three months after China brokered a temporary truce between them. 

According to local sources, the clashes between the MNDAA—an ethnic armed organisation sometimes called the Kokang army—and junta forces broke out on Monday morning. The fighting started some 10 miles southeast of Lashio, between the villages of Long Mun and Ping Kaing at around 10:30am and lasted around 45 minutes, local villagers said. 

A resident of Kone Nyaung village—located adjacent to Lashio’s Ward 5—said that the battle began after soldiers in the junta’s Infantry Battalion 55, which is stationed in the same village, advanced into territory claimed by the MNDAA. 

“The junta soldiers were the ones who initiated the fighting,” the villager said. “The area of MNDAA territory that they infiltrated. . .

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