RUSSIA. Chechnya. Bamut. May 1996. Members of the Russian Army special forces enter in the Chechen stronghold of Bamut, during a battle between Russian commandos and Chechen separatist guerrillas. Federal forces backed by tanks and APC took control of the locality. Bamut, a fortress-like village that once housed a Soviet rocket base, had little strategic value but symbolised Chechnya’s struggle for independence.
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