March 12, 2000 |
In his first meeting with a Western leader since he became acting president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin told British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Saturday that changes are possible in Moscow's policy on Chechnya. Speaking after informal talks at a seaside palace outside St. Petersburg, Putin did not specify what the changes could be. Russia has faced months of international criticism over alleged human rights abuses during its war in the separatist republic.
November 19, 2001 |
A prominent representative of Chechnya's rebels met with an envoy of President Vladimir V. Putin on Sunday for the first face-to-face talks on ending hostilities since renewed war broke out in the separatist region two years ago. Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's envoy for Chechnya, met behind closed doors at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport with Ahmed Zakayev, a representative of Chechnya's rebel president, Aslan Maskhadov. Zakayev flew in from Turkey.
January 12, 2000 |
Russian forces claimed Tuesday to have repulsed resurgent Chechen rebels who launched surprise counterattacks on two key towns, and a top general said Moscow will investigate all Chechen males between the ages of 10 and 60 for possible rebel ties. Russian air and artillery struck Grozny, capital of the separatist republic of Chechnya, where rebels are entrenched in the city center, and clashes were reported with rebels near the village of Belorechiye.
September 26, 1999 |
Russian warplanes knocked television and radio off the air in breakaway Chechnya on Saturday, sending tens of thousands of civilians fleeing toward neighboring regions. It was the third day of punishing airstrikes on Grozny, the Chechen capital. Russia's air campaign had been focused on bombing suspected rebel bases, but now it is targeting economic installations and civilian communications facilities as well.
July 4, 1995 |
For the first time since it declared war on his breakaway republic and put out a warrant for his arrest, the Russian government Monday sent a peace envoy to meet Chechen President Dzhokar M. Dudayev as both sides struggled for a way to end six months of fighting. The midnight-to-4 a.m. meeting at Dudayev's mountain hide-out was inconclusive and left peace talks in Grozny, the Chechen capital, deadlocked over the tiny republic's political status. The talks were adjourned until Thursday.
December 31, 1994 |
Chechnya's biggest oil refinery complex burned out of control Friday after reportedly being struck by Russian bombers, and Chechen officials warned that the blaze could spread to a nearby tank containing 5,000 tons of explosive ammonia. "If it catches fire, an ecological disaster will hit the entire North Caucasus," a Chechen Foreign Ministry official told Interfax news agency.
December 24, 1994 |
Russia is now a country at war. The combat theater is small, the location obscure and the casualties likely to remain a relative trickle compared to those in Rwanda or Bosnia. But when the Kremlin decided to break Chechnya's bid for independence by military force, when it began dropping bombs on what it considers Russian towns and shelling Russian citizens, it crossed a line beyond which only one thing is sure: This Eurasian colossus has become a more volatile place.
December 15, 1994 |
Showing no chink in their defiance, rebel Chechens shot down a Russian helicopter gunship Wednesday and steeled themselves for the bloody storm of their capital that they expect when the deadline to submit to Kremlin rule expires today. Peace talks, mired in the dispute over whether the mountainous Muslim republic is part of Russia, broke down, and Chechen President Dzhokar M. Dudayev went on television to exhort his citizens to smite the Russian interlopers until they "die of fear and horror."
December 7, 1994 |
Foiled in its attempts to oust the rebel leader of the breakaway republic of Chechnya, Russia dispatched two key ministers Tuesday to negotiate the release of its prisoners of war. Defense Minister Pavel S. Grachev announced on Russian television late Tuesday that President Dzhokar Dudayev of Chechnya had agreed to release Russian POWs captured 11 days ago during an attempt to storm Dudayev's presidential palace in Grozny, the Chechen capital.
February 8, 2005 |
After years of war in the separatist republic of Chechnya, Russia faces an offer that politically is almost as difficult: an end to the fighting. Rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov confirmed Monday that he had ordered a unilateral cease-fire and appointed an emissary to attend peace talks on the conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of people since 1994.