Remembering the Chechen War
The Chechen Republic, commonly referred to as Chechnya, is a federal subject (a republic) of Russia. It is located in the North Caucasus, situated in the southernmost part of Eastern Europe.
The Second Chechen War was launched by the Russian Federation, starting 26 August 1999, in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Brigade (IIB). On 1 October, Russian troops entered Chechnya. The campaign ended the de facto independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and restored Russian federal control over the territory. The war attracted a large number of foreign fighters. Take a loot at these photo taken during the Chechen War.
Battle of Grozny (1999–2000)
1. Two Russian soldiers resting amid the ruins of Grozny, capital of Chechnya.
2. The offensive to restore order in rebel Chechnya had become Russia’s worst military disaster.
3. In June 2005, a deputy prime minister in the Chechen administration, said about 300,000 civilians have been killed during the war in Chechnya. More than 200,000 people have gone missing.
4. Russian soldier playing an abandonned piano. Many Russian conscripts were sent into the war-torn republic after barely five months in the military; some are killed in their first battle in Grozny.
5. Chechen girl playing with her doll.
6. Russian ballistic missiles reducing Grozny into ashes.
7. The UN called Grozny the most destroyed city on Earth in 2003.
8. The siege and fighting left the capital devastated.
9. Some families had no choices but continue to live their lives in their crumbling apartments.
10. Life continues.