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.
August 23, 1996 |
Struggling to pacify his own troops as well as those of the enemy, Russian security chief Alexander I. Lebed announced a new, more detailed cease-fire Thursday with separatist rebels in Chechnya, but hopes for peace were undermined again by criticism of him from President Boris N. Yeltsin.
August 9, 1996 |
Casting a bloody, embarrassing backdrop for today's inauguration of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, Chechen rebels held off the vast forces of the federal army for a third day Thursday in a fierce battle for control of Chechnya's ragged capital, Grozny. One armored unit managed to break through the rebel cordon in the morning and beat back attacks aimed at taking the main government building.
June 2, 1996 |
Despite a cease-fire that was scheduled to go into effect in Chechnya on Saturday, fighting broke out in the war-torn republic and Russian authorities accused Chechen rebels of breaking the truce. An agreement to stop all hostilities had been negotiated in a Kremlin meeting last week, with Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin presiding over the talks with Chechen leaders.
April 12, 1996 |
Eleven fruitless days after President Boris N. Yeltsin unveiled a peace plan for Chechnya, his strategy for ending the war was wedged Thursday between a Russian army commander who vowed to "smash" the rebels if they do not surrender and a political ally who urged the president to talk directly with Chechen separatist leader Dzhokar M. Dudayev.
April 3, 1996 |
Russian commanders insisted Tuesday that they were sticking to President Boris N. Yeltsin's plan to end the offensive in Chechnya despite deadly clashes between Russian troops and rebel fighters. Thirty separatist fighters reportedly died in one battle, but Russian commanders said their troops will keep their promise to shoot only in self-defense. Meanwhile, Chechen rebel leader Dzhokar M. Dudayev ridiculed Yeltsin's cease-fire decree.