Russia: January 24, 2000


  Fighting in Grozny is so intense that even the rebels admit they are taking heavy losses. The Russian media is beginning to question the accuracy of government casualty numbers. News reports say some thirty Russian troops a day are being killed currently. The fighting is strangely reminiscent of what took place in Stalingrad during World War II. There, the Russian defenders used partially collapsed buildings and sewers to wear the Germans down. The difference is that at Stalingrad the Russians had a large army just across the river and brought in reinforcements each night. The Chechens are much less well supported, although just as resourceful as the World War II Russians. Although the Chechens continue to resist, the Russians take more of the city each day.


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