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  • Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Aug 22, 1996

    First Chechen War

    Bad Joke

    Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Aug 22, 1996

    The bombardment was however soon halted by the ceasefire brokered by General Alexander Lebed, Yeltsin's national security adviser, on 22 August. Gen. Lebed called the ultimatum, issued by General Pulikovsky, a "bad joke".




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