Monday 03 June 1996
Heavy fighting had marred the first day of the proclaimed ceasefire on Saturday as the Russian army said the rebels detonated yesterday's device by remote control. The separatists accused the Russians of violating the ceasefire with a helicopter gunship rocket strike against rebel forces in the south-west.
Although Russian leaders have hailed the accord as a way to peace and Chechen leaders have approved it, many ordinary people and soldiers view the latest moves as electioneering tied to Russia's presidential vote. Reuter - Grozny
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