THIS IS THE TEXT OF LEAFLETS DROPPED MONDAY BY RUSSIAN PLANES OVER THE CHECHEN CAPITAL OF GROZNY, DELIVERING AN ULTIMATUM BOTH TO RESIDENTS AND TO CHECHEN FIGHTERS. THE TEXT WAS READ ON RUSSIAN TELEVISION MONDAY NIGHT.
Leaflet 1: "This leaflet is meant for those who are defending Grozny, for those who have not yet lost their sense, for those who are still capable at looking realistically at [the] real state of affairs. You are surrounded. All the roads to Grozny are blocked. You lost.
"Command of the unified group of Russian troops gives you the last chance. The safety corridor will be opened till Dec. 11, 1999. Those staying in the city will be regarded as terrorists and bandits; they will be destroyed by artillery and air force. There will be no more talks. Everybody who fail[s] to leave the city will be destroyed. It's up to you to choose. The time count is already on."
Leaflet 2: "The Russian troops are completing the blockade of Grozny. For the sake of avoiding victims among [the] peaceful population we offer to you to leave Grozny until Dec. 11, to use all possibilities for this end. Remember that preservation of life and provision of safety of peaceful population is the main objective of the Russian troops."
The following "pass" was also distributed:
Armed people holding this pass and intending to stop pointless resistance must come to the positions of the unified group of the Russian troops.
All constitutional rights, freedom and safety and medical aid when necessary are guaranteed to those who surrender the arms voluntarily.
(Signed) COMMAND OF THE UNIFIED GROUP OF RUSSIAN TROOPS"