A federal policeman and a local were found dead in northern Chechnya.
The body of a policeman was discovered along with the body of a local resident on the outskirts of a village in the Shelkovsky district, ministry spokesman Roman Shchekotin was quoted as saying by the AP.
Elsewhere in the conflict-torn Russian province, a serviceman was hospitalized with severe wounds after stepping on a homemade explosive device in the southern Vedeno district. The incident happened Tuesday as Russian forces inspected an abandoned rebel base in the mountainous area, the spokesman said.
Russian troops re-entered Chechnya in 1999, three years after withdrawing from the breakaway territory at the end of a disastrous 20-month war. Despite an end to large-scale fighting, separatist rebels based in mountain hideouts continue to inflict daily losses on federal troops and their local allies.
Putin made his first public comment on the subject of the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel