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Withdrawal from Grozny - statement of Chechen Foreign Ministry

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    Statement of the Chechen Foreign Minister, Ilyas Akhmadov In accordance with the order of the Commander-in-Chief, General Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen troops
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2000
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      Statement of the Chechen Foreign Minister, Ilyas Akhmadov
      In accordance with the order of the Commander-in-Chief, General Aslan
      Maskhadov, Chechen troops withdrew from Grozny during the night of 1st
      February 2000. The decision was taken due to the fact that the military
      garrison of Grozny had fulfilled its task. The withdrawal of the troops was
      accomplished in a planed and organised manner. During the withdrawal, Chechen
      troops destroyed several Russian lines surrounding Grozny. Prisoners and
      trophies were taken. Despite the fact that not a single military unit remains
      in Grozny, Russian artillery and aviation continue to bomb Grozny´┐Żs
      residential quarters relentlessly. The Chechen Government informs the
      international community, the OSCE and the United Nations, that there are
      still tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Grozny facing annihilation.
      On past experience of Russian military action in Chechnya, we have every
      reason to believe that the Russians troops will continue to pretend
      "storming" Grozny for weeks on end, using every kind of heavy weaponry and
      aviation against an undefended city,
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