Five Russian Officers, Civilian Die in Chechnya

Published July 5th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Five Russian police officers and one civilian were killed in Chechnya on Thursday in a new wave of fighting in the 21-month war in the separatist republic, the AVN military news agency said. 

The casualties were reported in the southwestern village of Urus-Martan and the separatist capital Grozny, AVN said quoting local officials.  

Although Russian forces have taken control of much of Chechnya, including Grozny, following a campaign begun on October 1, 1999, armed separatists launch daily attacks on Russian soldiers and pro-Moscow administrators whom they consider traitors. 

The Kremlin refused offers to negotiate from Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, while the Council of Europe last week threatened to withdraw its human rights experts in Chechnya if Russia failed to show progress in taking action against soldiers accused of atrocities -- MOSCOW (AFP) 

 

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