Grozny, Chechnya

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports in a two-way that some three weeks after Russian troops captured Grozny, the Chechen capital is a scene of complete devastation. Months of Russian bombardment left virtually nothing intact. It appears only several dozen civilians remain in what the Russians have now declared a closed city. Those who enter must be escorted by the Russian military. While Russian commanders in the Caucasus triumphantly staged victory parades yesterday to mark Army Day, younger soldiers are dismayed at the loss of life and destruction their offensive has wrought in Grozny.

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