- Title: RUSSIA: RUSSIAN CHARITY GROUP DELIVER HUMANITARIAN AID TO HOSPITAL IN CHECHNYA
- Date: 6th January 2000
- Summary: INGUSHETIA-CHECHNYA ADMINISTRATIVE BORDER, RUSSIA (JANUARY 6 2000) (REUTERS) 1. SLV: AID VEHICLES AT BORDER CHECKPOINT AREA 0.11 2. SLV: RUSSIAN SOLDIERS AT CHECKPOINT AREA 0.15 URUS-MARTAN, CHECHNYA--RUSSIA (JANUARY 6, 2000) (REUTERS) 3. SLV: AID CONVOY ARRIVE AT HOSPITAL WITH HUMANITARIAN AID 0.22 4. SV: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) AID CONVOY LEADER, VLADIMIR OSTROVSKY SAYING: "Today we have delivered perhaps not a large amount of aid, but two tonnes of the most necessary medical supplies: medicines, mattresses, heaters, pillows, and electrical heat wires." 0.49 5. CU: EMBLEM ON LORRY WINDOW 0.54 6. EXTERIOR HOSPITAL 0.59 7. SV: EMPTY BED IN HOSPITAL 1.04 8. VARIOUS EQUIPMENT BY BED (2 SHOTS) 1.12 9. SV: MATTRESSES ON BED 1.17 10. VARIOUS AID WORKERS OPEN UP TRUCK, BEGIN TAKING HEATERS/ BLANKETS AND OTHER ITEMS INTO HOSPITAL (7 SHOTS) 2.17 11. SV: AID LORRY 2.23 12. TRACKING SHOT OF COLUMN OF RUSSIAN MILITARY VEHICLES PASSING BY EN ROUTE TO CHECHEN WAR FRONT 2.28 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: NAZRAN, INGUSHETIA/URUS-MARTAN, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:02:39
- Story Text: A Russian charity group sponsored by General Alexander
Lebed, who signed the agreement ending the 1994-96 Chechen
war, has begun delivering humanitarian aid to a hospital in
General Lebed's humanitarian aid convoy had a long and
difficult trip from the Siberian territory of Krasnoyarsk,
where the retired general is now governor.
But after several delays in trying to get through the
heavily guarded border into Chechnya, the convoy of aid trucks
pulled into the breakaway republic and arrived at the
Urus-Martan hospital on Thursday (January 6).
The Urus-Martan hospital, like most Chechen hospitals, has
been besieged by displaced sick and injured people and after
three months of fighting, nearly three years of isolation from
the rest of the world, and the strains of the 1994-96
independence war, has run out of essential supplies.
Acknowledging that the two tonnes of aid was insufficient,
the leader of Lebed's humanitarian mission, Vladimir
Ostrovsky, said it was nevertheless, a start.The most basic
items had been brought and further deliveries would be needed.
As the aid convoy arrived, more Russian military columns
were seen heading to the war front.
Russian forces have won most of Chechnya's territory home
to about 90 percent of the local population lives but they
have pledged to take control of the entire territory.Now
the focus is on taking isolated rebel strongholds in the
southern mountains and the capital city of Grozny.
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