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DATE=10/6/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / CHECHNYA (S) NUMBER=2-254710 BYLINE=PETER HEINLEIN DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Martial law is in effect in Chechnya as Russian troops consolidate their newly won control over the northern third of the breakaway region. Moscow Correspondent Peter Heinlein reports Chechens are fleeing by the thousands as Russian forces advance. TEXT: Seven-thousand refugees poured out of Chechnya in the past 24-hours to the relative safety of neighboring Ingushetia, where more than 120-thousand others are already camped. Ingush President, Ruslan Aushev, issued another appeal for international help in avoiding a humanitarian crisis. But Russian Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko flew to the region, saying Moscow can take care of the refugees itself. Inside Chechnya, President Aslan Maskhadov declared martial law as Russian troops captured a town 25- kilometers from the capital, Grozny. Military strategists indicate troops may now halt their advance and fortify positions in the northern one-third of the republic they have captured. The plan is to create a secure zone that would be a showcase of prosperity, while punishing the south with a tight military and economic blockade. (SIGNED) NEB/PFH/GE/RAE 06-Oct-1999 08:02 AM EDT (06-Oct-1999 1202 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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