February 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Russia, Chechnya Agree To Cease-Fire

Associated Press

Amid guns, grenades and skepticism, Russian and Chechen officials agreed Wednesday to a complete, two-day cease-fire in their war over the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

A limited cease-fire arranged Monday was punctuated by widespread artillery and missile attacks south of the Chechen capital and both sides have expressed doubts the new pact would hold.

Even before the new agreement was reached, Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev was saying there was little hope for a lasting peace.

“You never can stop a war by means of negotiations between commanders,” he told the Baltic News Service.

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