August 15, 1999 |
In a dangerous sign that Russia's conflict in the mountainous region of Dagestan has spread to neighboring Chechnya, Russia's Interior Ministry on Saturday confirmed its military bombed a village and exchanged gunfire at a police outpost in the breakaway republic. Russia's massive offensive against a group of Islamic rebels in western Dagestan continued through the night for the first time, and Russian officials claimed to have gained control of several strategic positions.
August 23, 1999 |
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin met with his defense and security chiefs to review Moscow's campaign against Islamic militants in the republic of Dagestan. Russia has yet to dislodge the rebels despite two weeks of attacks. The meeting in Moscow came after Russian forces chalked up some victories in Dagestan, where they are battling rebels who crossed over from neighboring Chechnya and who are seeking an independent state in the region.
December 22, 1999 |
Hundreds of Chechen rebels battled with Russian forces on the edge of Chechnya's southern mountains Tuesday, as Russian jets and ground forces battered the breakaway republic's capital, Grozny. "We are turning up the heat in the mountains," said Lt. Gen. Gennady Troshev, Russia's commander on the eastern front. "They just don't know where to run."
December 16, 1999 |
A column of Russian armored vehicles probed deep into Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, on Wednesday, clashing with rebel defenders just hours after Moscow again rejected international mediation of its conflict with the breakaway southern republic. The Russian incursion, reported by Western news agencies citing local witnesses, appeared to be the largest and deepest probe so far into the besieged city, which has been under attack for months.
November 12, 1999 |
Russian forces hammered the capital of Chechnya with savage barrages of artillery and rocket fire Thursday as Moscow rejected Chechen pleas for talks to end the fighting. Western diplomats increased pressure on Moscow to seek peace. Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov said Russia was "prepared to end the military actions even tomorrow," but only if Chechen rebels surrender--a condition the Chechens won't accept. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov appealed to Russian President Boris N.
November 9, 1999 |
Russian warplanes repeatedly pounded the capital of Chechnya and attacked convoys on the roads of the separatist republic Monday, as top Russian officials shrugged off increasing Western pressure for a negotiated settlement there. Russian military officials said Monday afternoon that attack planes had flown 30 sorties in the previous 24 hours, dropping 550-pound and 1,100-pound bombs on Grozny, Chechnya's capital; Gudermes, its second-largest city; and Bamut, a rebel stronghold.
September 21, 1999 |
Russian troops dug into trenches near the border with Chechnya on Monday, while Russian jets bombed suspected guerrilla encampments inside the breakaway republic. The armed forces were carrying out the government's two-pronged strategy to prevent further incursions by Islamic militants from Chechnya into southern Russia: creating a cordon outside the republic and striking rebel formations and equipment inside.
September 14, 1999 |
A deadly terror campaign targeting ordinary Muscovites in their sleep spread fear across the capital Monday as rescuers pulled 109 bodies from the ruins of an eight-story building flattened by a predawn bombing. Police began a campaign to search every basement in Moscow and inspect vehicles entering the city after the second bombing in five days, which demolished an apartment building six miles from the Kremlin. Officials said more people were buried in the rubble and the death toll could rise.
April 15, 2001 |
President Vladimir V. Putin made a trip to the separatist republic of Chechnya, flying by helicopter to the site of one of the Russian forces' heaviest losses to dramatize the Kremlin's commitment to fighting the rebels to the end. Russia will use all necessary force to eliminate the rebels, Putin said, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. Putin also said he came to discuss the financing of federal forces in the region.
April 14, 2001 |
Russia's intelligence service blamed rebels for a blast that ripped through a Chechen TV studio, killing a high-ranking official in Chechnya's pro-Russian government. Adam Deniyev was taping a Koran reading for broadcast when the explosion occurred in the village of Avtury late Thursday, a government spokesman said. Deniyev was a presidential candidate in the separatist Russian republic's 1997 election that was won by rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov.