Moscow, April 9 (RFE/RL) - Fresh fighting is reported in Chechnya today despite Russian President Boris Yeltsin's assurances that military operations are over.
The Russian military command in Chechnya is reported as saying
its troops were in control of the rebel stronghold of Vedeno in
southeastern Chechnya. There is no independent confirmation of the
Yeltsin said on Saturday that he had sent a telegram to
Chechen separatist leaders saying that military operations in the
republic have been halted.
In Shali, 30 kilometres southeast of the capital, Grozny, Russian troops were continuing today to surround the town.
In Grozny itself Russian army officials were reported saying that a major operation was underway to wipe out pockets of resistance.