TVDATA stock footage featuring September 30, 1999 Vladimir Putin speaking on Russian army bombing Grozny. The introduction of federal troops into Chechnya began: tank units of the Russian army crossed the administrative border of the republic in the Naursky and Shelkovsky districts, and by that moment aviation had been bombing Grozny and its environs for several days.
On archival footage, Vladimir Putin, at that time the head of the Russian government, justifies the entry of troops into Chechnya by an attack on Dagestan. “Wait until they come to our villages again, seize villages in Dagestan or the Stavropol Territory, and again we will bomb our own, our native Dagestan villages? I think this is inappropriate,” he says.
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