Tuesday 20 November 2018

Colonel Yevtukhin's lonely last stand

By PATRICK COCKBURN in PSKOV, RUSSIA THE last stand of a company of paratroopers from the Pskov Airborne Division on a fog-shrouded hilltop...

THE last stand of a company of paratroopers from the Pskov Airborne Division on a fog-shrouded hilltop in Southern Chechnya began just hours after the Russian Defence Minister had assured his government that the Chechen war was over.

In a savage six-hour battle Chechen guerrillas over-ran the paratroopers, killing 85 of them and leaving just one survivor. Russian reinforcements were caught in a minefield and failed to break through.

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