August 16, 1999 |
Islamic rebels fighting in southern Russia claimed Sunday to have nearly completed the first stage of their campaign to split a new swath of territory from Moscow's control and announced that they were almost ready to launch a second phase.
August 15, 1999 |
In a dangerous sign that Russia's conflict in the mountainous region of Dagestan has spread to neighboring Chechnya, Russia's Interior Ministry on Saturday confirmed its military bombed a village and exchanged gunfire at a police outpost in the breakaway republic. Russia's massive offensive against a group of Islamic rebels in western Dagestan continued through the night for the first time, and Russian officials claimed to have gained control of several strategic positions.
August 14, 1999 |
Russia launched new airstrikes and sent reinforcements Friday to bolster an offensive against Islamic militants in Dagestan. The acting prime minister said the campaign might be extended into neighboring Chechnya. The threat to strike Chechnya, which fought a war of secession against Russia from 1994-96, was the strongest indication yet that the uprising in Dagestan--a Russian republic in the Caucasus region--could lead to a wider war. Acting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V.
August 13, 1999 |
Amid signs that fighting in the Russian republic of Dagestan has spread into neighboring Chechnya, military officials for the first time acknowledged Thursday that they face serious problems in their bid to control a guerrilla rebellion in Dagestan, a troubled southern region. Russian planes continued rocket and bomb attacks in the area of seven Dagestani villages seized by Islamic militants who invaded from nearby Chechnya last weekend.
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.