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.
April 5, 2000 |
The United Nations' top human rights official, saying she was "shocked and appalled" by accounts of Russian atrocities in Chechnya, called on the Russian government Tuesday to establish an independent commission to investigate alleged human rights violations in the separatist republic.
March 27, 2000 |
Russian jets and artillery shelled rebel positions Sunday in the south of the breakaway republic of Chechnya, and military officials denied reports that rebels had seized the mountain town of Nozhai-Yurt. Col. Gen. Alexander Baranov, chief of staff for the Russian troops in Chechnya, said federal forces shelled suspected rebel locations near the mountain town of Tsentoroi, about 30 miles southeast of Grozny, the capital.
March 26, 2000 |
Rebels invaded a village deep in Russian-held western Chechnya on Saturday, while smaller clashes were reported throughout the breakaway republic and four Russian police were killed by a mine, the military said. After a few days' lull in large-scale battles, a group of rebels entered Samashki, near Chechnya's border with the Russian republic of Ingushetia, Russian news reports said. Federal troops were battling guerrillas, the military said.
March 25, 2000 |
Federal forces in the separatist republic of Chechnya have engaged in widespread, systematic looting of occupied territory, hauling household goods by the truckload to other parts of Russia, sometimes even killing witnesses to their crimes, Chechen civilians and human rights activists say.
March 20, 2000 |
Federal troops prepared Sunday to renew an offensive against the Chechen village of Komsomolskoye, which the military had claimed was under its control after a week of fierce fighting. Russian forces withdrew to a safe zone about a mile away and set up howitzers, preparing to shell the southern village to flush out rebel holdouts, the military command said.
March 15, 2000 |
Many fathers would be happy to hear their sons declared heroes. Not Vitaly Travin. Travin's son, Mikhail, was one of 84 Pskov paratroopers killed two weeks ago in Chechnya's southern mountains when they were overwhelmed by rebels and called in Russian artillery fire on their own position. The death toll is the highest so far in a single battle in Russia's 6-month-old war in the separatist republic. Eight paratroopers were buried Tuesday with eulogies from acting President Vladimir V.
March 11, 2000 |
After days of government denials, top Russian officials admitted Friday that 84 paratroopers died in a six-hour battle in Chechnya last week--some of them apparently from "friendly fire"--in the worst reported incident of Russian casualties since the war began. Russian newspapers and television reported that some of the paratroopers were killed when their commanders saw that they were hopelessly outnumbered and ordered an artillery attack on their own position.
February 24, 2000 |
Russia warily lauded its armed forces Wednesday, observing Defender of the Fatherland Day amid heightened security reflecting fears of terrorist attacks reportedly being planned by Chechen rebels. Feb. 23 is not only a day for honoring the military but also the day when Chechens commemorate the bitter memories of their people's mass deportation to Central Asia in 1944 under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
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 . . ."