According to the source, during a patrol on Saturday in the Vedeno district in southern Chechnya, the police encountered a group of militants in a forest near the village of Mesedoi. Two policemen were killed and one police officer was wounded during the fighting.
The militants seized weapons from the scene of fighting: a Kalashnikov machine gun, three pistols, two Kalashnikov automatic rifles, and a sniper rifle, and also 30 rounds for rifle-attached grenade launchers, the source said.
Large-scale military operations are over in the North Caucasus republic, but separatists continue to carry out raids on federal troops and Kremlin-backed police and authorities. Violence often spills into neighboring Russian regions.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.