Moscow, March 15 (RFE/RL) - The Russian military command in
Chechnya says that separatist fighters have cancelled a new attack on
the capital Grozny, which was expected to start this morning.
But our correspondent quotes a senior Russian Defence Ministry
official (unnamed) as saying that Russian troops in Grozny are still
on high alert.
Meanwhile, the Russian command says nine Russian soldiers were
wounded during new clashes overnight in Chechnya.
Sporadic fighting was reported overnight in Grozny. But it is
unclear whether Russian troops are continuing an assault on the
Chechen stronghold of Bamut and two nearby villages, Orekhovo and
The Interfax news agency quotes a representative of the Russian
command as saying that Federal troops have ended the assault. But our
correspondent at the scene could not confirm the report.
In Moscow, Russian President Boris Yeltsin's security council is
scheduled to meet today to discuss a peace plan for the separatist
Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin yesterday said the plan,
about which few details are known, is being "seriously amended." He
did not elaborate.