1999 Russian bombing of Chechnya

1999 Russian Bombing Of Chechnya

1999 Russian bombing of Chechnya

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The 1999 Russian bombing of Chechnya was Russian Air Force's military operation against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria that was a prelude to the main part of the Second Chechen War. In late August and September 1999, Russia mounted a massive air campaign over Chechnya, with the stated aim of wiping out militants who invaded Dagestan the previous month.

Russian Air Force commander Anatoly Kornukov suggested there were similarities between the attacks on Chechnya and 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The campaign

On August 26, 1999 Russia acknowledged bombing raids in Chechnya. Russian aircraft attacked several targets in Serzhen-Yurt, Benoy and along the Vedeno gorge.

To help rally political support for the operation, the FSB released a videotape of Chechen militants committing atrocities against Russian soldiers. "We should hit, hit and once again hit them until Mr. Maskhadov says that there's nobody left except civilians. Then we should get in and see that for ourselves," said a member of the Duma's defense committee.

On September 23, 1999 the first in a series of missile attacks on the Chechen capital Grozny was launched. The first target was the Sheikh Mansur (Severny) Grozny Airport, situated 2 kilometres from the city centre. In the north-east, burning fuel depots and the Grozny oil refinery and enveloping the capital in a cloud of smoke. During the next two days of...
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