Grozny, July 1 (RFE/RL) -- Minor clashes are reported
to have taken place in Chechnya as Russian and Chechen peace negotiators are expected to exchange lists of prisoners today.
Itar-Tass quoted the press center of the Russian military command in Chechnya as saying that Russian positions went under fire twelve
times in the last 24 hours in the republic, nine times in the
capital, Grozny. Two soldiers were reported wounded.
Chechen separatist Information Minister Movladi Udugov said Russian
and Chechen separatists are expected to meet in a villag South of
Grozny today. They are expected to exchange lists of prisoners taken
during the 18-month-long conflict.
Russian president Boris Yeltsin said yesterday Russia will withdraw
a total of 5,000 troops within two weeks.
But influential Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev today
criticized the peace plan signed last month with Moscow, which
includes the Russian withdrawal. He said he is in favor of
"continuing military operations without stopping."
Basayev said Russian troops are opening new road checkpoints across Chechnya. He also said the Russian troops who had left have been replaced by fresh units.