Hopes of peace dashed
Thursday 19 January 1995
Earlier in the week, Mr Yeltsin's Prime Minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin, had raised hopes of peaceful way out of a debacle that is thought to have cost the lives of at least 1,000 Russian soldiers and many more Chechens. These withered yesterday following reports that a Chechen delegation that met Mr Chernomyrdin on Tuesday to discuss a possible ceasefire had left Moscow empty-handed. President Yeltsin pointedly dashed any hint of conciliation, accusing Mr Dudayev of "genocide against his own people."
With a delegation from the International Monetary Fund now in Moscow to discuss a $6.3bn (£4.06bn) standby loan to Russia, Mr Yeltsin moved to calm fears that the war had shifted power in the Kremlin towards those who blame market reform for the disorderin the military.
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