Russian military on alert in Moscow, Grozny amid new crisis


#1

** Russian military on alert in Moscow, Grozny amid new crisis **

Network Writers, AP
News Corp Australia Network
December 04, 2014 1:24PM

RUSSIAN tanks have spilt into the streets of Grozny and Moscow’s airspace appears to have been closed after a fresh outbreak of violence.

Unconfirmed local media reports suggest militants have seized control of the Press House media facility in Grozny, Chechnya, initiating what its Russian occupiers call an “anti terrorist operation”.

heraldsun.com.au/news/world/russian-military-on-alert-in-moscow-grozny-amid-new-crisis/story-fni0xs61-1227144589099?nk=70d1ebe893ac70ed7dd298bd57061082

Excerpts, Voice of America:

**BREAKING: Explosion, Heavy Fighting Reported in Grozny, Chechnya ** -Voice of America

A powerful explosion and sounds of heavy fighting have been reported in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny, according to sources on Twitter and some media outlets in the region.

Multiple sources on Twitter are reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motorcade has been seen pulling into the Kremlin in the middle of the night, around the time the unrest unfolded in Grozny.

Unconfirmed sources are pointing to the presense of Islamist militants in the city.

voanews.com/content/explosion-and-heavy-fighting-reported-in-grozny-chechnya/2545263.html

Some serious pictures around the net on this.


#2

One can see on a map where Chechnya is, you would not want them to have serious weaponry but Russia is so big, Chechnya has about 1.2 million people. Down near the border with Georgia, it makes one wonder a bit if Russia really needs it. Honestly.

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#3

Apparently about 15 gunmen from Shalazhi were pulled over by some traffic police in Grozny on the way to their destination. They shot the police and fled into a building.


#4

I think they are saying the fighting is over. I have heard some serious reports concerning the “Press House Media Facility” so far but we can wait for confirmation.

3 policeman dead from this report: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Several-police-killed-in-clashes-with-militants-in-Russias-Chechnya/articleshow/45368304.cms?


#5

A unnamed law enforcement source was stating that there were five police officers killed.
It was a publishing house building that they fled too, which has since been destroyed by fire, leaving 6 terrorist dead. Plus about 6 or 7 other terrorist were found hiding in a city school. They are currently dealing with them. Lets hope swiftly.


#6

The worse thing is that the Chechen muslim terrorists have said they will join the fight with the Kiev junta against The Ukrainian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Which would most defiantly see Russia enter the conflict as they have vowed to fight them anywhere.


#7

Muslim contingents which are large in the Russian military may well want to go after Ukraine since it is more of a Christian nation than most in Europe.


#8

The worse thing is that the Chechen muslim terrorists have said they will join the fight with the Kiev junta against The Ukrainian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Which would most defiantly see Russia enter the conflict as they have vowed to fight them anywhere.


#9

It wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

I think they should have a referendum and vote on independence.


#10

19 killed, including 10 police, and another 28 police wounded. Supposedly over.


#11

You forget that for the current RF leadership, independence or federalization works only one way. It’s OK when it’s Russian speakers in other former Soviet countries who want it, but it’s not acceptable when it’s people within the Russian Federation who are asking for it. (See, e.g., the treatment of the Russians who’ve attempted to organize marches for federalization in several regions – Siberia, Kuban, the Far East, Kaliningrad… even though federalization is actually part of the Russian constitution.)

Edited to add that I agree it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, although unfortunately one does have to wonder whether more is coming. :-/


#12

Why would you call the elected, cvilian government of Ukraine a government run by the military, which is what a “junta” is? Is it intended as a term of derision even though misplaced?


#13

BBC reports 16 dead, that is too many but it sounds like it could have been worse. After-all, buildings were attacked.

bbc.com/news/world-europe-30323751

9 militants, 3 policemen, 4 others.

Lower when I last signed on.


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