August 8, 1999 |
Islamic fighters based in Chechnya led a bold incursion into southern Russia on Saturday, seizing control of at least two villages in the adjacent republic of Dagestan and raising fears of a return to wide-scale unrest in the unstable Caucasus. Russian officials said the attackers drove and walked shortly after dawn over the thinly patrolled border dividing the separatist Chechen region from its mountainous, multiethnic neighbor and began digging trenches in positions around two villages.
August 18, 1997 |
Two Russian journalists who were being held hostage in Chechnya were freed on the eve of talks in Moscow between President Boris N. Yeltsin and Chechen Prime Minister Aslan Maskhadov. The kidnappers released their captives after Russian and Chechen security forces presented an ultimatum, Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister Movladi Udugov said. The journalists were seized in the breakaway region's capital, Grozny, on June 11. The Itar-Tass news agency said no ransom was paid.
March 23, 1996 |
This muddy spot in Chechnya, with a population of 45,000, makes a presumptuous claim to be the world's largest village. For seven months at least, it was big enough for a mayor and a police chief who took opposite sides in the war. Until a week ago. Then, inside a menacing ring of Russian artillery, the mayor carried out an order from Moscow to disband the police force. The 17 officers, loyal to Chechen separatist leader Dzhokar M.
February 23, 1996 |
Guerrillas blew up a gas pipeline in southern Chechnya on Thursday, igniting a fierce fire, and Russia strengthened its forces on the eve of a grim Chechen anniversary. Leaders of Chechnya's Russian-backed government blamed the blast, and a similar attack in the neighboring republic of Dagestan, on separatist Chechen fighters. No casualties were reported.
January 23, 1996 |
Their bravado intact even after a brutal battle with Russian forces, Chechen separatists Monday prepared to once again match wills with the Kremlin strategists who have sworn to crush their rebellion. Chechens who escaped last week's fierce clash in the southern Russia town of Pervomayskaya claimed to have dragged dozens of hostages along with them. They promised to release 46 of the captives today in exchange for the bodies of their comrades who died during the fighting.
January 18, 1996 |
Having abandoned hope of saving hostages held by armed Chechen separatists, Russian forces indiscriminately rocketed this village Wednesday in defiance of terrorists' threats to blow up a packed Black Sea ferry unless the assault ends.
January 17, 1996 |
On the second day of a Russian military assault that has done more damage to President Boris N. Yeltsin than to the Chechen separatists he is trying to crush, armed rebels Tuesday attacked a Russian-run power plant in Chechnya and a Russia-bound ferry in Turkey.
June 24, 1995 |
Battle-weary politicians bought time for reflecting on another looming power struggle in Russia by agreeing Friday to extend a cease-fire in the war in Chechnya and postponing a parliamentary confrontation with Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.
June 21, 1995 |
Chechen gunmen released the last captives of their odyssey of terror late Tuesday after piloting the 139 human shields through hostile Russian-held territory to a mountain stronghold of their flagging rebellion. The harrowing ordeal ended for the captives on a darkened road near the village of Zandak, where the Chechens reportedly asked forgiveness from the hostages they had taken to war-ravaged Chechnya as protection against Russian retaliation along the way.
January 2, 1995 |
The Kremlin's forces bogged down in an urban battlefield Sunday as guerrillas inside the rebel capital of Chechnya set Russian tanks ablaze and claimed to have captured 100 enemy soldiers. As New Year's Day television programs showed the mangled corpses of Russian soldiers strewn along Grozny's streets, the official government press center admitted that its military position had "become more complicated over the last 24 hours." But Defense Minister Pavel S.