Two servicemen died and two were wounded during a battle in Chechnya on Thursday, a source at the Joint Group of Forces in the North Caucasus told RIA Novosti.
"The battle took place near the Dzhanei-Vedeno settlement in the Vedeno district last night," the source said. According to him, a Defense Ministry reconnaissance group consisting of Russian federal forces were ambushed.
"During the reconnaissance and search operation in a forest, militants fired automatic weapons at the servicemen in the reconnaissance unit. As a result, a lieutenant, the commander of the reconnaissance unit, and a contract serviceman were killed. A contract senior sergeant and an active serviceman were wounded," the source said.
A source at Chechnya's Interior Ministry said that during search operations in the Urus-Martan district, unknown individuals fired at policemen and Interior Ministry servicemen with automatic weapons.
He specified that, as a result of the attack, a staff member from the Anti-Organized Crime Department, who was on a mission in Chechnya from the Kaliningrad Region (a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea), was injured.
The source also said that on Thursday evening, unknown individuals fired at a building that a Kirov Region (northern Russia) Interior Department police detachment was temporarily in, with a grenade launcher.
According to the source, a police major and a police senior sergeant were wounded in the attack. They were hospitalized.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war