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Chechnya: Russians Launch Fierce Attack On Grozny

Grozny, 26 November 1999 (RFE/RL) - News reports say Russian forces continued artillery attacks late last night on the Chechen capital of Grozny. The reports call yesterday's attacks the fiercest since Russia began its offensive in Chechnya in October. There was no information available on casualties or damage. Russian troops also continued to shell the town of Urus-Martan, southwest of Grozny, in a bid to flush out an estimated 3,500 Chechen fighters. Also yesterday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed UN plans to send humanitarian aid worth $16 million to the north Caucasus region.