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Russia: Yastrzhembsky Dismisses Chechen Threats

Moscow, 11 February 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russian presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky has dismissed threats by Chechen insurgents to wage partisan war in Chechnya as a further sign that resistance in the breakaway republic is crumbling. Interfax quotes Yastrzhembsky as saying "the weaker the rebels become, the more steam they let off in the propaganda war." He was responding to the rebels' pledge to retake the Chechen capital Grozny. The city fell last week to Russian forces.

Russian warplanes, meanwhile, are continuing attacks on remaining rebel strongholds in the southern mountains of Chechnya by dropping powerful bombs.

Russian troops in Grozny meanwhile have discovered four refrigerator cars containing 154 bodies, believed to be Russian soldiers. The bodies have been sent for identification to Rostov-na-Donu.