January 28, 2002 |
A Russian military helicopter with a deputy interior minister and several other officers aboard exploded and crashed in Chechnya on Sunday, killing all 14 passengers and crew, and first reports indicated that it might have been downed in a rebel attack. Among those killed was Gen.
January 19, 2002 |
A Kremlin aide denied Friday that his office had issued orders to underreport troop casualties in Chechnya. Meanwhile, rebel attacks continued with a car bombing and an assault on a Chechen mayor. Human rights groups have long accused the military of hiding losses in the 28-month-old war in the breakaway republic.
December 1, 2001 |
Russian forces captured a top aide to a prominent Chechen rebel leader, President Vladimir V. Putin said Friday. Abu Sayah, an aide to the Arab warlord who goes by the name Khattab, was seized during a special operation early Friday, Putin said.
November 19, 2001 |
A prominent representative of Chechnya's rebels met with an envoy of President Vladimir V. Putin on Sunday for the first face-to-face talks on ending hostilities since renewed war broke out in the separatist region two years ago. Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's envoy for Chechnya, met behind closed doors at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport with Ahmed Zakayev, a representative of Chechnya's rebel president, Aslan Maskhadov. Zakayev flew in from Turkey.
October 1, 2001 |
About the time that President Vladimir V. Putin's ultimatum to the rebels in Chechnya expired, the television in Khalamo Chagayev's home in the Chechen village of Avtury suddenly started showing Chechen fighters killing Russian prisoners. "A fighter on the tape said that this was their reply to the ultimatum," Chagayev said. It was a week ago that Putin went on national television and gave the Chechen separatists 72 hours to turn in their weapons and contact Russian authorities.
August 30, 2001 |
A military convoy rolling past an abandoned car, a sudden blast and at least nine people killed in the explosion and a hail of bullets offered the latest reminder Wednesday of how difficult Russia's quest to impose control over Chechnya has become. The explosion of the booby-trapped car and the ambush that followed in the Chechen village of Oktyabrskoye, reported Wednesday by military officials, was one of the bloodiest incidents in weeks.