Myanmar junta escalates airstrikes after NUG defence minister visits resistance base

The junta air force, which did not respond immediately after the Mandalay People’s Defence Forces (MDY-PDF) captured their base camp, attacked only after a photo was posted on social media showing the resistance official at the base

The junta air force escalated attacks on a frontline base held by resistance forces after news emerged that Yee Mon, a senior official of the publicly mandated National Unity Government (NUG), travelled to the base in April. 

An April 27 statement posted on Facebook by the NUG—a shadow cabinet formed to oppose Myanmar’s military regime and endorsed by ousted civilian leaders following the 2021 military coup—did not provide the date when the minister’s visit took place.  

The statement described the state of battle in Pyin Oo Lwin Township, Mandalay Region, in the weeks after the Mandalay People’s Defence Forces (MDY-PDF)—which operates under the command of the NUG’s defence ministry—captured a junta base in the township’s Thayet Kone village on April 15.

The base camp is located some 10 miles northeast of the town of Pyin Oo Lwin. . .

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