Saturday, September 25, 2004


From The Chechen Times:


Situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia noticeably worsened

Over the past few days, the situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia has noticeably worsened. Federal Forces in Ingushetia are mobilizing personnel and hardware, with troops stationed along highways and on the borders of towns and villages. Along the Rostov-Baku federal highway, between the village of Yandare and the Chechen border, soldiers are digging trenches every 15-20 metres, and a large number of armored vehicles have been positioned on both sides of the road. In Yandare itself, Russian servicemen have taken up military positions near the Chechen refugee camp located on the grounds of the Nazranovsky Agricultural Technical College. Frightened camp residents are not permitted to go beyond the camp’s boundaries and are expecting a «zachistka." A feeling of panic is also noticeable among the people of Ingushetia, several of whom have left the republic. Troops are also gathering in the Sunzhensky District of Chechnya where a large-scale «zachistka» was carried out on 22 September.


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