The corpses of more Russian soldiers are being discovered despite claims by Moscow that the war in Chechnya is almost over.
A Russian offensive around the Chechen village of Bamut faltered earlier this week. On Sunday bodies and equipment were found littering the streets indicating significant Russian losses.
Chechens celebrating another recent victory - as these dead Russian troops apparently fell into the same trap they did in Grozny.
Chechen rebels fighting off the Russian assault on the village of Bamut kept to their old strategy with deadly success.
They allowed the advancing Russian forces to enter Bamut before surrounding them and then raining machine-gun and rocket fire on them.
The Russians, largely strangers to this territory and village, were caught and repulsed.
Corpses still littered Bamut's streets this morning after the attack which started last week and has continued.
A brief cease-fire was reported today to allow Russian forces to retrieve and bury the bodies.
Temperatures in Chechnya are rising and there were health concerns about leaving the corpses exposed any longer.
Before Russian forces tried to move into Bamut they shelled and bombed it for a week.
The bombs and shells apparently fell indiscriminately around the village, as the destroyed homes and this ruined mosque testifies.
The civilian population evacuated the town when the bombing started, leaving just the rebel Chechen fighters to keep their heads down and wait for the Russians to try and occupy Bamut.
Almost two kilometers outside Bamut, Russian forces are still waiting to take control of the village.
With many Western leaders including U-S President Bill Clinton scheduled to arrive in Moscow in just over two weeks for V-E day celebrations, the Russians are eager to take these last Chechen strongholds.
Helicopter patrols scour the countryside looking for someone to fight.
This Russian army base is the staging ground for the continuing attack.
Despite Russian claims that the war had been turned over to Interior Ministry forces, Army soldiers at the base report that they have been told they'll remain in Chechnya until autumn.
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Jul 21, 2015