"Not my problem," snapped Pulikovsky when asked yesterday by Chechen collaborationist regime officials to avoid casualties among Grozny’s remaining civilian population in the planned assault on the city. Pulikovsky’s remark was quoted to Russian media by representatives of Doku Zavgaev’s pro-Moscow administration.
The political leadership of the Chechen resistance appealed to the outside world yesterday to abandon double standards in promoting human rights and use its influence to prevent the final destruction of Grozny and its population. According to Russian government and Zavgaev administration officials, between 200,000 and 300,000 civilians including many Russians are trapped in the city. The Russian command however put the figure at 50,000 to 75,000 in a clear attempt to justify an early start of the assault. (Russian and Western agencies, August 20)
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