The officials said fighting has spread to the outskirts of Gudermes, taken by the Russians three weeks ago.
Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev today admitted that Chechen forces had launched a series of counterattacks. Speaking in Moscow to troops of an infantry division being sent to Chechnya, Sergeyev stopped short of providing details.
The Russian military command in the North Caucasus said its forces were continuing attacks on Urus-Martan and Argun, two towns south of the capital Grozny. Any assessment of damages or casualties from those clashes could not be independently confirmed.
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