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Friday, 24 December, 1999, 18:03 GMT
In pictures: Chechen conflict

Russia has continued its troop build-up and bombardment of Grozny and southern Chechnya on Friday. About 100,000 Russian troops are reported to be deployed around the capital in readiness for an assault which is expected any day now. Meanwhile, for civilians the tragedy continues.


Smoke rises over northern outskirts of Grozny

Smoke rises over the northern outskirts of Grozny, which has been pounded almost daily for three months.


A Russian guard watches the area on the outskirts of Grozny

Russian soldiers have the capital encircled.


Russian SU-24 bombers lined-up at a Russian air base in Mozdok

Federal aircraft have flown 71 combat missions over the past 24 hours.


Columns of Russian armour on the move

Columns of Russian armour were again on the move, this one crossing into Chechnya at the Adler border point with Ingushetia.


Russian soldiers on an APC outside Grozny

Russian forces continued moving south into Chechnya's mountainous region, battling rebels along the breakaway province's borders.


Russian soldiers and pro-Moscow Chechens search for rebels

House-to-house searches for rebels are being conducted with the help of pro-Moscow Chechens.


Police check a refugee's documents at the Adler checkpoint

But more than 200,000 Chechens have fled the fighting to refugee camps over the border.


A refugee tells how Russian troops bombed and looted her home

This woman recounts how Russian troops bombed and looted her home.


A Chechen woman, right, learns of her husband's death

A woman collapses aftershe hears the news that her husband is dead.

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23 Dec 99 |  Europe
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