Moscow, Mar. 11 (RFE/RL) -- The Chechen capital Grozny
was mostly quiet today as Russian forces retook their positions
after repelling last week's full-scale assault by several hundred
Our correspondent reports that public transport has restarted in the
city center. But Grozny remains without water or electricity.
Interfax says at least two Russian soldiers were killed and another
eight wounded in skirmishes overnight.
The Russian government yesterday claimed victory over Chechen
fighters who tried to retake the city last week. But groups of
separatist fighters remain in some suburbs of Grozny. Also yesterday,
Chechen military commander Shamil Basayev threatened to carry out
attacks in Dagestan, neighboring Chechnya, to avenge his forces'
defeat in Grozny.
Meanwhile, the commander of Russian forces in Chechnya, General
Vyacheslav Tikhomirov, said today residents of Sernovodsk can
continue to return to their homes, using a corridor secured by
Itar-Tass quoted Tikhomirov, who said the corridor into Sernovodsk,
some 35 km east of the Chechen capital Grozny, will be open from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. Tikhomirov said all armed operations in
Sernovodsk against Chechen separatists were completed on Saturday. He
said Russian soldiers are currently defusing mines in the village.