Moscow, 11 February 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russian presidential aide
Sergei Yastrzhembsky has dismissed threats by Chechen insurgents to wage partisan war in Chechnya as a further sign that resistance in the breakaway republic is crumbling. Interfax quotes Yastrzhembsky as saying "the weaker the rebels become, the more steam they let off in the propaganda war."
He was responding to the rebels' pledge to retake the Chechen
capital Grozny. The city fell last week to Russian forces.
Russian warplanes, meanwhile, are continuing attacks on remaining
rebel strongholds in the southern mountains of Chechnya by dropping
Russian troops in Grozny meanwhile have discovered four
refrigerator cars containing 154 bodies, believed to be Russian
soldiers. The bodies have been sent for identification to Rostov-na-Donu.