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Dan Williams, 50, is one of three Washington Post correspondents in Moscow. He currently is covering the Russian offensive into Chechnya, a remote and rebellious southern region from which Russian troops retreated in 1996. He spent part of Monday crouched in a ditch while Russian planes made bombing runs nearby.'s Chet Rhodes talked with Williams about the current situation in Chechnya, Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999.

It has been a battle-scarred year for Williams, who was diverted from Moscow to cover the 78-day NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia that began in late March. Williams came to The Post as a State Department reporter and went from there to the Rome bureau. Before joining the paper in 1992, he worked in El Salvador, Mexico and Jerusalem for the Los Angeles Times. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese.

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