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.
July 14, 2001 |
A Russian prosecutor confirmed some allegations by Chechen residents, saying that at least 10 civilians were injured by troops who went on a rampage during security sweeps of their villages. "The facts of bodily harm were legally established. There are testimonies, the beatings have been certified by medical experts, and protocols have been composed," said Chechnya's chief civilian prosecutor, Viktor Dakhnov.
July 10, 2001 |
The Kremlin's handpicked leader of Chechnya hinted Monday that he will resign unless military officials responsible for a new wave of violence against civilians are brought to justice. It was the strongest statement to date by Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric appointed by Moscow a year ago to lead Chechnya's temporary government. And it came as reports of torture and other abuses by Russian troops continued to mount.
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.
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.