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Chechnya: Fighting Eases As Commanders Meet Again

Moscow, 14 August 1996 (RFE/RL) - Fighting appeared to ease in the Chechen capital of Grozny today as separatist Chechen commander Aslan Maskhadov and the acting commander of Russian forces in Chechnya, Konstantin Pulikovsky, met for talks for the second day in a row.

Separatist spokesman Movladi Udugov told RFE/RL the two commanders discussed concrete measures for implementing earlier peace agreements. Maskhadov and Pulikovsky also signed an agreement designed to help both sides overcome mutual distrust. But Udugov provided no further details on the agreement's concrete points.

The situation in Grozny has "stabilized" today, Udugov said. Correspondents report only sporadic fighting late this afternoon.The separatists retain control of most of the city.

Earlier today, Russian and Chechen army officers exchanged nine wounded Russian soldiers for nine separatist fighters. The prisoner exchange occurred in Grozny's Zavodskoi district. Correspondents say streams of refugees continue to flee out of Grozny on foot.