February 20, 1990 |
An unusual closed-door session of the Soviet legislature, called to seek ways of ending ethnic conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, adjourned abruptly Monday evening after Azerbaijani delegates stormed out in the middle of a speech by Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov. Gen.
January 25, 1990 |
Soviet troops, afraid that Azerbaijani militants would soon begin attacking Russian families in Baku, used artillery, tank and naval gunfire Wednesday evening to break a blockade of Baku's port so that ships carrying refugees, many of them Russians, can leave. A number of ships used by Azerbaijani militants to blockade the port for the past three days were sunk, according to reports from Baku, while others were observed on fire in Baku Bay.
June 6, 1991 |
Afghanistan admitted that one of its warplanes accidentally bombed a Soviet border village, state-run Kabul Radio said. It said the Afghan air force jet encountered technical difficulties during a routine training mission and accidentally strayed into Soviet airspace, dropping bombs that left four people dead. Soviet news agencies had reported that a Soviet-made SU-25 fighter-bomber dropped up to four bombs on the village of Namadguti-Poen.
August 11, 1990 |
At least 15 people were killed and 16 injured when a bomb blast ripped through a bus in the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, the local Azerinform news agency reported. The bus was taking about 60 people from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi toward Agdam, a town on the border of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh that is claimed by neighboring Armenia. The blast, caused by a homemade bomb, occurred 12.
May 11, 1991 |
After a 24-hour holiday lull, violence erupted anew Friday in the Soviet Caucasus, with the No. 2 official of Azerbaijan's Communist Party narrowly escaping assassination by grenade launcher. In other developments, a group of Soviet troops was ambushed in an early morning attack that wounded nine soldiers, and Armenians said military helicopters machine-gunned one of their villages in apparent reprisal.
August 3, 1989 |
A federal court jury on Wednesday awarded $50 million to the families of 137 passengers killed when a Korean Air Lines plane strayed into Soviet territory and was shot down six years ago. All 269 people aboard the plane were killed in the Sept. 1, 1983, disaster. The jury decided on punitive damages after returning a verdict that said KAL had committed willful misconduct.