2000 Photo Contest, General News, Singles, 1st prize
Photographer

Yuri Kozyrev

The Associated Press

16 December, 1999

Russian marines help a wounded fellow soldier after being caught in an ambush near Tsentoroy, Chechnya.

In September 1999, Russian forces began military action against Chechen rebels. Initial operations were confined to air attacks, but on 1 October Russian troops entered Chechnya. By the beginning of December the Russians had surrounded the capital Grozny, which they stormed on the 25th. The Russians held that their casualties during the conflict were minimal.

About

Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev was born in Russia in 1963 and has worked as a photojournalist for the past 20 years, covering every major conflict in the former Soviet Union, including two Chechen...

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