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