"On January 18, when a military convoy was moving from the Tsabal mountain range to the permanent deployment point in Abkhazia, on a difficult section of the road, the BTR-80 overturned into a gorge. As a result of the accident, three servicemen died," the statement said.
The injured servicemen have been evacuated by choppers to the nearest military hospital. Their condition is currently unknown.
In 2008, Russia recognized Abkhazia's independence in the wake of Georgia's military offensive against South Ossetia. Abkhazia's independence has been recognized by six UN member states (Nauru, Nicaragua, Russia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Venezuela), apart from Syria. Tuvalu and Vanuatu, however, subsequently withdrew their recognition.