Meanwhile, widespread looting was reported in major Kazakh cities in the overnight and early morning hours of Thursday - amid continued national internet outages - with increasingly wild scenes such as the following...
It appears the new peace-keeping mission will likely have a "counter-terror" focus. So far there's been little reaction from Washington over the rapidly moving events in Kazakhstan. But likely we are about to hear the mainstream US networks go into overdrive alleging an "expansionist" Russia under Putin, and the usual hysterics.
This after he extended the state of emergency nationwide, and as external monitors have said the internet has been blocked for much of the last 24 hours.
It didn't take long for the Kremlin to chime in on the raging and increasingly violent protests which have rocked its southern neighbor, the former Soviet satellite of Kazakhstan. As we underscored earlier, what began as angry mass protests days ago upon authorities removing a cap on gas prices for the citizenry now appears to be a full-blown push for government overthrow happening in the streets. With state buildings on fire and fierce clashes with police in various cities, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has on Wednesday.
Already there are rumblings in regional press of possible "foreign manipulation" — causing Russia to warn against any external interference in Kazakhstan's affairs, according to Reuters citing RIA news agency. At the same time some Western pundits are already making this all about Putin.