Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fresh Clashes Erupting in Chechnya

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fresh Clashes Erupting in Chechnya

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Attacks by Russian forces continued in Chechnya Saturday despite President Boris Yeltsin's assurance that they had stopped.

Yeltsin said he sent a telegram to Dzhokhar Dudayev, leader of the Chechen separatists, and to Doku Zavgayev, leader of the loyalist government of the province, saying there would be no more "adventurism" from Russian troops in the region. Dudayev, for whom Moscow has issued an arrest warrant, is reported in hiding in the Caucasus.

"In line with my decree, regular checks have shown that military activities by the federal forces have stopped," Yeltsin said at a presidential campaign meeting in Moscow. But news agencies reported fresh clashes, including artillery attacks on the village of Goiskoye, 20 miles southeast of Grozny, and ground attacks on the towns of Goiskoye and Vedeno in the mountains farther east. The loyalist government of Chechyna issued an appeal Saturday to the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, asking deputies to take steps to stop "the deaths of peaceful citizens and of Russian servicemen in Chechnya. …

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