1996 video of surrounded Russians in Chechnya


In this video, during the Battle for Grozny in 1996 (also known as "Operation Jihad"), a Russian unit is ambushed and surrounded by Chechen forces.  

The Russian Federation had conquered the city during the Battle of Grozny in 1994/95. However, and outnumbered rebel force managed to infiltrate Grozny and then either drive out or split the Russian forces into dozens of small pockets of resistance. For five days the Chechens held out and rebuffed Russian attempts to retake the city. This resulted in the final ceasefire of the First Chechen War, effectively ending the 1994-1996 conflict.

In the video, the Russians call for air cover, or relief from tanks, but are rebuffed by the commanders. Instead they are told to take hostages, and when that option is rejected, to sneak out under cover of darkness.

"Thank you, we will try to figure this out ourselves," are the last words on the video.

The fate of the Russian soldiers is unknown.

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Sprawl'n'Stall site profile image  

8/19/13 12:41 PM by Sprawl'n'Stall

Agreed. They really do seem to have a disdain for human life - and those of their own soldiers, hell even their own at times.It makes them real scary to fight them, but damn how can they maintain a high moral in their troops is beyond me.

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8/19/13 12:20 PM by HoldYerGround

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2d5_1352004855Another Grozny video -from the first Chechen War

temujen site profile image  

8/19/13 5:07 AM by temujen


banco site profile image  

8/19/13 5:04 AM by banco

They display the characteristic Russian disdain for human life (even of their own soldiers).

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8/19/13 4:55 AM by PhillyFights

Crazy how at the end, he just says "Thank you, we'll figure it out" Reminds me of one of those Malcolm Gladwell books, where he talks about how there are so many more plane crashes amongst Asian contries, because of their culture of deferring to authority. Like, if a pilot radios that he needs to land and is told 10 more minutes, he wont argue as much as a western pilot even if he's not sure he has 10 minutes of fuel (nutshell). Is the word 'please' ever used in US military? This russian guy sounds like he was asking his dad to borrow the car, not radioing for back up. (And the dad basically told him to go fuck himself and carjack someone)  

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8/19/13 4:51 AM by IAmBatman

I thought the same thing. You're completely surrounded, losing men left, right and centre with no back-up and you get told to stop whining while you're begging for help. Crazy.

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8/19/13 4:49 AM by sourcheese


HoldYerGround site profile image  

8/19/13 4:43 AM by HoldYerGround

Video sounds like they are being surrounded in an urban setting with buildings and civilians, not on a hill around a gorge. The choppers coming within 300 meters but not assisting sounds familiar though.

TANK BROS site profile image  

8/19/13 4:39 AM by TANK BROS

That was Dagestan I think

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8/19/13 3:42 AM by GucciGucciGucci

The video/audio is supposedly from Russian troops who were surrounded in Grozny in 1996The Battle for Height 776 happened a few years later