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Conflict in Chechnya

Chechnya was once part of the Soviet Union, which was ruled from Moscow in Russia. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Chechnya wanted to become independent. But Russia wanted to remain in control.

Chechen rebels demanded independence. Russia sent in soldiers to fight the rebels. For many years there was fighting and many people were killed. In 1996 a peace agreement was signed.

However, in 1999 the war started again. Russia invaded and took over all power from Chechnya. Today the fighting continues. Chechen rebels continue to attack Russian forces and demand an independent state.