- Title: RUSSIA: CHECHEN REBELS STRENGTHEN THEIR DEFENCES IN AND AROUND GROZNY
- Date: 26th November 1999
- Summary: UNKNOWN LOCATION, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 24, 1999) (REUTERS) 1. SLV CHECHEN FIGHTERS WALKING TO POSITIONS 0.09 2. MV FIGHTERS WATCHING RUSSIAN TROOPS (3 SHOTS) 0.20 3. MV FIGHTERS AIMING AND FIRING AT TARGET/ EXPLOSION (5 SHOTS) 1.03 4. MV CHECHEN FIGHTERS IN TRENCHES 1.12 5. SCU TRENCHES/AUTOMATIC RIFLES IN TRENCHES (2 SHOTS) 1.28 6. LV RUINED VILLAGE AREA / WRECKED BUILDINGS (3 SHOTS) 1.43 7. MV CHECHEN FIGHTERS STANDING AMID RUINS/DRINKING WATER (3 SHOTS) 2.00 8. SCU CHECHEN FIGHTERS PRAYING/WOMAN PREPARING MEAL (2 SHOTS) 2.11 9. SCU CHECHEN FIGHTERS EATING, DIGGING POSITIONS / WOMAN IN KITCHEN (3 SHOTS) 2.33 10. SLV BURNT-OUT ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS (2 SHOTS) 2.45 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: UNKNOWN LOCATION, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
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- Story Text: In expectation of a major Russian offensive, Chechen
rebels have strengthened their defences in and around the
regional capital Grozny, which already largely surrounded by
As Russian troops geared up to complete their
encirclement of the capital Grozny, the Chechen rebels on
Wednesday (November 24) continued to fortify the uncaptured
areas of the breakaway republic.
RIA news agency reported from Russia's main base in
Mozdok, just outside Chechnya, that the air force had made 11
sorties over the past 24 hours, bombing guerrillas in villages
about 10 kms (six miles) south of Grozny and rebel
headquarters in the capital itself.
Russian troops were reported to have closed in on Grozny,
blocking roads leading to the relative safety of the
neighbouring regions of Vladikavkaz and Ingushetia, where
about 200,000 Chechens have already fled.
Russian tactics to date have been to methodically advance
on the capital.Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov is said to be
directing its defence.
Itar-Tass news agency quoted officers in Mozdok as saying
the Islamic guerrillas were building up defences, mining
roads, bridges and buildings.
Chechen fighters have traditionally grouped themselves
into small, semi-independent fighting units.They live off
local supplies and move rapidly through familiar territory.
Many of the Chechens set to oppose Russia's advance are
veterans of a 1994-96 independence war which resulted in a
humiliating retreat of Russian troops.
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