February 21, 2000 |
The lookout, fortified with bricks and sandbags, is tucked beneath an abandoned house. It has a slit at ground level. Lying inside is a strip of wood with four ordinary light switches mounted on it. Everyone knows what that means. "Each of those switches controls a mine," explains Alexei, one of six elite special forces troops on sapper detail. "The fellow would sit there on those cushions and watch the street. And when someone would come down the road . . ."
April 9, 2000 |
Police arrested a 19-year-old Russian conscript on suspicion that he killed eight soldiers on a military train in southern Russia, news agencies said. Oleg Dovshenko was arrested at a train station in the Penza region, where he had been called up by the army, the Interfax news agency said. Dovshenko and the dead soldiers had been assigned to guard the train, which carried military hardware. Seven of the victims were shot at close range.
January 11, 2000 |
Just three months into the second Chechen war, indications are growing that the Russian drive to retake the rebel republic is bogging down. On Monday, after a series of audacious rebel raids on the Russians' thinly guarded rear positions, generals reported the highest one-day death toll in the conflict so far: 26 Russian troops in the previous 24 hours.
October 15, 2000 |
Chechen rebels challenged tighter security measures in Grozny, the Chechen capital, with hit-and-run attacks and ambushes, killing four soldiers and wounding seven in the rebellious Russian republic, officials said. Fighters opened fire with pistols on a Russian military truck at a market in Grozny, killing three soldiers, an official in the pro-Russian Chechen administration said on condition of anonymity.
August 19, 2000 |
Up a shabby flight of stairs in a rundown building here is a small, chaotic office that has become the nerve center for relatives and supporters of crewmen trapped in the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk. It's not the Russian navy's rescue center, but a private club. It's also the home of true believers, many of whom have become disillusioned this week with the military they once served. The veterans at the St.
February 7, 2000 |
Acting Russian President Vladimir V. Putin declared Sunday that federal forces had scored a major victory in Chechnya, taking control of the republic's war-torn capital, Grozny, after seven weeks of fierce fighting with separatist rebels. "The last stronghold of the terrorists' resistance--Grozny's Zavodskoy district--has just been seized, and the Russian flag has been hoisted above one of the administrative buildings," Putin said in a television interview.
May 9, 2000 |
Russian forces claimed Monday to have killed 20 Chechen guerrillas but lost a reconnaissance jet, possibly to rebel fire. The insurgents were killed in artillery and airstrikes, the military claimed. Russian forces are trying to rout Chechen rebels from mountain strongholds, but sniping and hit-and-run attacks continue. A Russian Su-24MR plane disappeared from radar screens during bad weather Sunday over Chechnya, and military officials said it may have been shot down.
May 24, 1997 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin's administration on Friday announced a surprise switch in appointments to the troubled military hierarchy, naming the commander of forces responsible for defending Russia against Chechen insurgents as the acting army chief of staff. Col. Gen.
August 7, 1996 |
Separatists in Chechnya stormed the region's Russian-controlled capital and two nearby towns at dawn Tuesday, dealing Boris N. Yeltsin a stinging blow as he prepared for his inauguration this week after winning a second term as Russia's president. Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers scuttled out of the scorched ruins of Grozny as Chechen fighters swept back into the town they lost last year, seizing administrative buildings in most of the capital's districts.
August 28, 1996 |
Federal military commanders agreed Tuesday to resume withdrawing troops from Chechnya, propping up a shaky truce in the 20-month war that had been threatened by a dispute over missing guns. Truckloads of gloomy Russian soldiers poured out of the shattered capital, Grozny, and the nearby region of Vedeno. Tired but jubilant Chechen rebels celebrated in the streets. A bearded rebel fighter wearing blue fatigues was barely able to contain his joy.