Moscow, March 12 (RFE/RL) -- Scattered gun battles
between Russian forces and separatist fighters continued in some
neighborhoods of the Chechen capital Grozny today.
Russian federal forces reported nine soldiers and policemen killed
in Grozny overnight. Eleven soldiers were reported injured.
Itar-Tass quoted Aleksandr Petrovsky, head of the Russian interior
ministry's temporary administration in Chechnya, as saying there was
strong information that Chechen military commander Aslan Maskhadov
had indeed been wounded, as earlier reported. He said the interior
ministry was looking into the report, which he said was backed up by
facts and was "far from being just a rumor."
The Russian government on Sunday claimed victory over
Chechen fighters in the battle for Grozny. Russian Interior Minister
Anatoly Kulikov said some 1,000 Chechen fighters had taken part in
last week's siege, with about 300 killed. He said 79 Russian
servicemen had been killed and another 276 wounded during the