Chechen Palace Up in Flames
Schork, Kurt, The Independent (London, England)
The presidential palace in the rebel Chechen capital, Grozny, was burning under a fierce Russian artillery bombardment last night, eyewitnesses said.
Reporters about one mile from the palace, the symbol of Chechen resistance, saw it taking direct hits at the rate of at least one a minute.
Russia's independent NTV television said there was fighting inside the palace, but the building remained under Chechen control. It said that a "crucial turning- point" in the conflict was imminent.
The Russian army said troops captured the Council of Ministers building, its deepest advance yet into the city centre. The building is several hundred yards from the palace. Chechen fighters confirmed that the building had been taken after heavy fightingin which rebels destroyed eight attacking Russian tanks. The Russian military command said the Chechens mounted "steadfast resistance" despite the loss of some key positions in Grozny and heavy casualties, and brought reinforcements to the southeastern part of the city and its outskirts.
Viewed from the south-west, the palace was backlit by flames, which occasionally spurted around the corners and top of the shell-shattered building.
As dusk fell, about 20 rockets, clearly visible, slammed into targets in the vicinity of Avturkhanova Street. Two of the rockets caused secondary explosions, with huge …
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