June 5, 1996 |
Russian negotiators met separatist leaders of Chechnya for talks to halt fighting in the rebel Caucasus region, where a 3-day-old cease-fire is already under pressure. The discussions, held in North Ossetia, a region bordering breakaway Chechnya, are designed to back up a truce agreed to in Moscow last week after Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin met Chechen rebel leader Zelimkhan A. Yanderbiyev.
August 25, 2008 |
Two Russian military officers were killed when explosives hit their armored vehicle near the village of Agishty in the restive Chechnya region, Interfax news agency reported. Russian security officials have said they expect a rise in rebel attacks after Moscow launched a military incursion into Georgia, a former Soviet republic bordering Chechnya, to crush its attempt to retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
August 20, 2004 |
Explosions and gunfire echoed in this regional capital Thursday as government troops battled South Ossetian separatists for key hills outside town. Interior Minister Irakli Okruashvili said government forces had captured hills overlooking a road that links ethnic Georgian villages with the rest of the country, but officials in breakaway South Ossetia disputed that. South Ossetia's military chief said three civilians were killed by Georgian shelling of Tskhinvali on Thursday.
September 24, 2002 |
One man reported missing after a devastating avalanche in southern Russia was found unharmed Monday, but more than 100 people remained lost and authorities feared that the number could rise. Two bodies were recovered Monday in the immediate vicinity of the avalanche, bringing the number of those found to eight, a duty officer at the headquarters for the rescue effort said. Emergency officials have said they feared that as many as 150 people were killed in Friday's avalanche.
September 15, 2004 |
Russian prosecutors charged a Chechen man with terrorism, murder, kidnapping and other counts in the deadly hostage-taking at a school in southern Russia, the Interfax news agency reported. Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov identified the man as Nurpashi Kulayev. The three-day siege in Beslan, in Russia's North Ossetia republic, ended in chaos that left about 330 people dead, more than half of them children.
June 6, 2008 |
The European Parliament said Russia's peacekeeping mission in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region is not neutral and the terms of its deployment must be changed. The European Union assembly demanded in a nonbinding resolution that member nations send their own border mission to Abkhazia. Georgian officials have asked for EU participation in the U.N.-monitored peacekeeping forces. Moscow has offered passports to Abkhaz residents and those of South Ossetia, another breakaway area in Georgia, and said it would establish ties with separatist institutions in the two regions.
September 4, 2006 |
Georgia's defense minister said a helicopter in which he was riding came under fire as it flew over the separatist province of South Ossetia, but it landed safely and nobody was hurt. Georgia's Interior Ministry also said that in a similar incident last week, a surface-to-air missile was fired at a helicopter escorting a U.S. Senate delegation led by John McCain (R-Ariz.). In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore said she had no information about the incident.
December 23, 2008 |
A team of international monitors is ending its 16-year mission in Georgia after Russia refused to allow an extension of the assignment in a dispute over two breakaway Georgian provinces. The mission by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expires Dec. 31, and OSCE chair Finland called a meeting to seek a three-month extension. But talks collapsed when Russia, a member of the group, demanded that the body join Moscow in recognizing the statehood of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
November 20, 2008 |
Mediators succeeded Wednesday in getting direct talks going between Russia and Georgia, pressing the two neighbors to resolve security and refugee issues from their August war. Johan Verbeke, special U.N. envoy for Georgia, said the sides had agreed on methods to demarcate borders and had begun work on security issues and the return of refugees. "I'd call this a quantum leap," Verbeke said. "All of the delegations did speak, all of the delegations listened."
June 28, 2007 |
A court in southern Russia charged two police officers with negligence in connection with the 2004 Beslan school siege in which 331 people were killed. The two officers headed a police department in a district of Ingushetia, the court said in a statement. Mukhazhir Yevloyev and his deputy, Akhmed Kotiyev, allegedly failed to prevent militants from setting up a camp in the republic of Ingushetia, which borders the region of North Ossetia where Beslan is located.