Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called for a de-escalation of a deadly border conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and has urged all sides to settle the issue amicably.
The Kremlin leader made his peace request as his troops carried on their gruesome assault after invading Ukraine.
Even Mr. Putin made a mediation offer.
The action took place while a tenuous ceasefire between the two Central Asian countries continued for a second day and as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported that 71 people had died in recent combat.
The former Soviet republics have both accused each other of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery, and assault drones to attack outposts and nearby settlements.
Central Asian border issues largely stem from the Soviet era when Moscow tried to divide the region between groups whose settlements were often located amid those of other ethnicities.
Kyrgyzstan has reported 36 deaths from the earlier clashes and has also said it evacuated about 137,000 people from the conflict area.
Tajikistan reported 35 of its people had been killed.
Mr Putin spoke by telephone to Kyrgyz president Sadyr Japarov and Tajik leader Emomali Rakhmon on Sunday, the Kremlin said.
He urged the sides to prevent further escalation and to take measures to resolve the situation “exclusively by peaceful, political and diplomatic means as soon as possible”, offering assistance, his office said in a statement.