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Russia: Yastrzhembsky Acknowledges Fierce Resistance In Chechnya

Moscow, 6 March 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russian presidential spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky says Chechen rebels continue to put up fierce resistance against Russian troops, especially in two villages of southern Chechnya. Yastrzhembsky said today that fighting is particularly heavy near Komsomolskoye and Selmentauzen. He said the Chechen fighters move from place to place to attack federal troops and then escape when Russian forces return fire. Yastrzhembsky added that weather conditions are limiting the use of aviation against rebel positions.

Yastrzhembsky said the curfew in Chechnya has been reduced by two hours, extending now from 8 pm to 6 am.

Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov told RFE/RL's Russian Service yesterday that his forces will intensify their struggle when the weather warms up in Chechnya.