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RUSSIA: RUSSIAN TROOPS FIGHT THE CHECHEN REBELS ON THE STREETS OF NOVOGROZNENSKY
Russian troops were reported to be fighting Chechen rebels in the streets of the eastern village of Novogroznensky on Tuesday (February 20) after thousands of villagers fled the conflict.
The Itar-Tass news agency, quoting the Russian military press centre in Chechnya, said the last pockets of resistance by the rebels, who had suffered heavy losses, were surrounded by Russian servicemen.
Interfax news agency said on Monday that Russian forces had trapped up to 1,000 separatist rebels in Novogroznensky but were unable to advance on them because of heavy fog.
A separate Interfax report said Russian troops had killed or wounded 30 rebel guerrillas before Monday when they tried to break out of the village.
Thousands of refugees fled the small villages near Novogroznensky on Monday. People from the villages of Bachi-Yurt and Kurchaloy said the Russian troops had shelled the area over the last three days. Small groups of refugees made their way from Novogroznensky through the frontline, taking a big risk of being shot by the cross-fire.
Near the village of Bachi-Yurt the Russian troops made safety corridors for the villagers to escape the fighting.
Russian troops tightened security on the approaches to Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, on Monday.
The measures came in the run-up to a planned meeting in Grozny next Friday to mark the 52nd anniversary of the deportation of Chechens by the dictator Stalin.
No cars were allowed in or out of the city and people were allowed through only on foot after passing security checks.
|Source||REUTERS TELEVISION (RTV) AND RTR|
|Restrictions||Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed. PART NO ACCESS RUSSIA|
|Time code||10.12.02 to 10.14.35|
|Date original||FEBRUARY 18 AND 19, 1996|
|Location||BACHI-YURT AND KURCHALOY, NEAR NOVOGROZNENSKY, CHECHNYA/ NEAR GROZNY, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA|
|BACHI-YURT AND KURCHALOY, NEAR NOVOGROZNENSKY, CHECHNYA/|
|NEAR GROZNY, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 18-19, 1996) (RTV AND RTR|
|- PART NO ACCESS RUSSIA)|
|BACHI-YURT, NEAR NOVOGROZNENSKY, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 19,|
|1996) (RTV ACCESS ALL)|
|1.||SV RUSSIAN TANKS AT POSITIONS||0.04|
|3.||SV RUSSIAN SOLDIER WITH KALASHNIKOV GUN||0.14|
|4.||SV SMALL PICKET OF LOCAL VILLAGERS||0.19|
|5.||SV PEOPLE HOLDING PICTURE OF CHECHEN REBEL LEADER DZHOKHAR|
|6.||SV MORE TANKS||0.33|
|7.||SV RUSSIAN SOLDIERS DIGGING TRENCHES IN FIELD NEAR APCS||0.38|
|KURCHALOY, NEAR NOVOGROZNESKY, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 18, 1996)|
|(RTV ACCESS ALL)|
|8.||SV REFUGEES WALKING DOWN ROAD||0.43|
|9.||SCU CHECHEN FIGHTER WITH SELF-PROPELLED GRENADE||0.47|
|10.||SV ROAD JAMMED WITH CARS AND TRUCKS LOADED WITH REFUGEES||0.58|
|11.||SV REFUGEES WALKING ON ROAD||1.04|
|12.||SV TRACTOR WITH REFUGEES||1.18|
|13.||SV REFUGEES INSIDE CAR||1.24|
|14.||SV REFUGEES WALKING DOWN ROAD WITH BACKGROUND SOUND OF|
|NEAR GROZNY, CHECHNYA, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 19, 1996) (RTR - NO|
|ACCESS RUSSIA) (QUALITY AS INCOMING)|
|15.||SV RUSSIAN SOLDIERS AT CHECKPOINT||1.46|
|16.||SV RUSSIAN SOLDIER IN ARMOURED VEHICLE||1.52|
|17.||SV RUSSIAN SOLDIERS CHECK VEHICLES||2.18|
|18.||SV RUSSIAN ARMOURED VEHICLES||2.30|
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