First spring of 1996 actually happened once two big defeats Russian forces. March 31 Nozhaj-Yurt district of Chechnya, near the village of Benoy was shot column paratroopers from the 104th Division on their way to the administrative center Vedeno. There were many dead, the wounded and more than a fighter. It seemed the army command will make the appropriate conclusions …. But on April 16 militants struck again, to be back to their very best. In the Grozny district of the Chechen Republic to the north of the village of Yarysh-Mardy Shatoysky gunmen stormed a convoy of the 245th infantry regiment. Quest, to be exact carnage carnage lasted about 4 hours, until such time as Gelaev Khattab and his men are not free to leave the position. The results of the battle terrorists shot on videotape. It now can be found in the pages of the web.
Moving away from the usual format of articles, we will try to convey is going on in that day madness and chaos of the words of eyewitnesses ….
Noting April 14, Easter Sunday, at the central base of the 245th infantry regiment organized another column at Chatou. She was supposed to bring a youthful replenishment, as the material and technical resources for the needs of the military. On Monday April fifteenth column without interference reached Khankala and braked there for the night. That same night, coming up militias organized an ambush near the village of Yarysh-Mardy. In over 2-km along the route they were built more than 20 fire positions. Prepared ammunition depots, installed on the road mines. The number of Chechen separatists according to various estimates ranged from eighty to one hundred and sixty.
On Tuesday afternoon, was brought forward from Khankala federal forces had established activities when moving column. Reconnaissance company looking after the Argun gorge and artillerymen have made contact with their counterparts from the 324th Regiment. After that column hit the road.
After passing the village of Dacha-Borzoi, in 2-hours local time day or convoy reached the village Yarysh-Mardy, stretched out on a narrow mountain streamer. The length of the column, as it turned out only later, was almost one and a half kilometers. Sounded when the first shots of her head part disappeared behind another turn in the road, and the rear was over a bridge across the narrow channel of the river Argun.
It all started after the tank is equipped with a trawl, the head of the column, was blown up by a mine high-power, equipment remote control. Another bomb was later found in the tail of the column, but it fortunately did not load. In general, on the road from the site of the attack and to Shatoi for the next day found seven pieces of unexploded land mines. As the tank was neutralized, hidden on both sides of the gorge gunmen opened fire. Machine gunners, machine gunners and snipers thrashed the column. In our fighter flew grenades and mines. Tank going to the tail of the column, got a few hits from the Grenade Launcher. But only after he struck the tower, he began to retreat back to renting. So Makarov, he was able to get out of combat.
Bandits planned everything well. Marching behind a tank and infantry fighting vehicles BRDM (armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle), were shot at point-blank shooting guns in the first Minutka fight. Died Senior Major Terzovets columns and artillery spotter captain Vyatkin. Sniper shots ended the life of the driver and spotter aircraft reconnaissance vehicle. Column in one moment was, cut off from the outside world, without the support of aviation and artillery. On the VHF radio spectrum Chechen rebels was put jammer that absolutely deprived of fighters due to the command. With the advance of prepared emplacements, located at a height on both sides of the road, the bandits dagger fire for a few hours destroying the equipment and personnel of the regiment.
The soldiers burned alive, without having to get out of the shelled "Bumblebee" (single jet flame throwers Russian production) machines.
The soldiers, who were traveling on the bags of food, immediately became a good target of bandits. A huge number of vehicles with fuel in the column also played into the hands of the enemy. Exploding, they destroyed everything around him alive, scatters everywhere burning fuel. Shell-shocked soldier, trying to get out of the way, finished off by snipers. Trucks carrying ammunition militants destroyed an RPG, and those who were driven products, fired from small guns.
e story of senior warrant officer Sergei Cherchik: "disturbed and here the bullet hit my heel. "Dukhovsky" sniper, of course, realize that I'm alive. I managed to crawl under the car, the machine will not quit, fibers behind. A sniper opened fire at the wheels, so that machine, settling, I was crushed. Near the bursting shell fired from a grenade launcher, a splinter hit me in the thigh. I lie, I can not think of anything, and the bridge and look to the car crushed. The last time a contractor pulled me by the collar. Appliances all in flames, burning diesel fuel dripping from above. Sniper takes out a fighter, he interrupts the kneecap. After a moment, we have two drags the other soldiers of.
Lucky to those in the first battle Minutka could find dead zones where Chechen rebels could not reach. Many of the soldiers jumped from the highest cliff in a dried river, escaping from enemy bullets. The next day the scouts are combing the gorge and inspect the coast of Argun, found their bodies. Some tried to hide from fire under vehicles. And there they were taken out by snipers. Where the Chechen separatists could not get into our fighter straight, they fired the rebound. One group of fighters escaped by hiding in a drainage pipe under the road, and the other was able to run back and take a position in the foundation of a house under construction, located near.
After the command of the 245th infantry regiment found out about the attack on the convoy, was ordered … not solve anything to instructions from above. Exclusively at the beginning of the fourth (local time), it is available to make its way to the column. The first reconnaissance fighters moved that blocked the Argun Gorge. Scouts were few, and near the village of Yarysh-Mardy fighters met them. Pressed heavy fire, the guys have not been able to come to the place of the main bout. After another hour of managing the federal forces in the region has made the latest attempt to please release the ambushed convoy. She was sent to the aid of armored group of lieutenant colonel Miroshnichenko, a former commander of the second infantry battalion of the 245th Regiment. It consisted of a 2-tanks and 3 infantry fighting vehicles. Despite the fact that the armored group also came under fire, she managed to break through and get to the place of battle.
At six o'clock in the evening armored group Miroshnichenko, firing height of the adjacent infantry fighting vehicles and tanks, approached the convoy. The personnel of the immediately began to evacuate the wounded. About this time came armored group of 324 th Regiment, and together with it the rinky-dink militants squad scouts. Goyskoe drove out of the village for 5 BMP sixth motorized infantry company. But by this time the fight is already over, and the troops of Chechen militants fled the scene.
In passages movie gangsters, finished shooting, According to experts, for the sponsors, you can behold the bedrooms, a broken and inverted technique destroyed the tower. Armed militants are very happy, they were talking loudly and posing on the broken vehicles. In the cell is inverted BPM, next to him, "Ural", capsized on its side, followed by another and another. In the river is shot BMP, scorched around the truck scattered bread …
Officially, the convoy was the least sensitive 2-hundred people, but there were unaccounted-muster conscripts and soldiers are sent home to family incidents. In addition to the battle on the side of the federal forces took the role of civilian persons who accompanied the convoy, joining in human pt. Later, it was very difficult to calculate the precise number of those killed, which according to various estimates vary from 73 to 95 people. Any one of them died in their own way. Someone at one time, in the first seconds of the fight, someone on the roadside
near the exploding cars, firing until the last round, someone burning alive in trucks. Most of the corpses burned almost completely. People are recognized for socks, pieces of papers, personal numbers. Find out the person on the spot about 3 x 10-s men could not. Their bodies have been sent to a special laboratory in Rostov on Don. Fifty people were injured, but survived the battle unscathed absolutely only thirteen fighter. And all who are lucky to survive, recognized that it was, for sure, the worst day of their lives …
As the number of destroyed equipment differences less — one tank, 6 infantry fighting vehicles, one reconnaissance and patrol vehicle, about 14 trucks. Loss of militants remained unknown, but in the following days of the districts were found seven bodies belonging to residents Shatoysky district.
According to official data, the use of artillery, 245th infantry regiment began at 16:00 and 324th regiment opened fire at 5pm. Gunners of the 245th Regiment, April 16, spent 669 shells, 324 th Regiment — 332 projectile. April 17 in order to evacuate the rest of the base center creased technology and clear the track under the regimental commander, Colonel Romanikhin went to another armored group. Location of the battle looked scared. Flame has unyalos and cars in the convoy were covered with soot and burnt to ashes, like ghosts.
On the fact of militant attacks on the convoy Khattab 245th infantry regiment in Yarysh-Mardy was a formal investigation. By mind-boggling naivete (or negligence) of our control after the conclusion of the agreement on the prohibition of hostilities and the long absence of attacks in the region, all the roadblocks were removed and the care of the federal forces had fallen markedly. Already on the march 245th Motor Rifle regiment behaved very careless in not organizing a walking tribute to properly explore the road and Surrounding areas, which are likely to have been able to find a pre-set bombs militants. There was also no air cover. In a potentially unsafe Fri been exhibited side guard outposts profitable heights near the route of movement is not involved. Only later, after the start of the battle, the command for some unknown reasons, very long drawn with a resolution of an artillery barrage. In general the "why" in the process of investigating the circumstances of the incident appeared very many. For example, why not give fit to advance to the rescue is near armored group that would distract the militants and cut their lines of retreat. Why helicopters came so late? Why roadblocks 324th Regiment near the village of Yarysh-Mardy have been removed from the closely spaced heights almost a couple of days earlier?
The militants are not just chosen the place for an ambush. They knew about signed on 4 April 1996 the peace treaty between the authorities of the village Yarysh-Mardy and command of the federal troops. Did they know that the village Yarysh-Mardy located at the limit of maximum range of fire artillery. It turns out that they knew the Chechen separatists suspicious lot, but the results of the counter-intelligence general public were not disclosed. But the investigation into the shooting of a column of the 245th regiment was soon discontinued. Guilty in the case and did not find him. Khattab and Gela were later destroyed.
The children who died on that fateful day, the never-ending memory!