Moscow, May 21 (RFE/RL) -- The Russian command reports that Russian troops
have taken control of the northern part of the Chechen separatist stronghold
of Bamut, in western Chechnya.
The Russian defense ministry says its troops captured the northern part
of Bamut last night. Correspondents from Russia's NTV television station
confirm the report. The Russian command says that three Russian
servicemen have been killed in clashes with separatists over the
last 24 hours. Five Russian soldiers were reported wounded.
Russian troops, concentrated in western and eastern Chechnya, are
gradually moving south, where Chechen fighters are mostly based.
Separatists nevertheless continue to attack Russian forces on
several fronts. Interfax reports today that Chechen fighters have
been active on the railroad between Grozny and Gudermes, the republic's
second largest city, 40 km east of the capital.