- Russia: Flying Saucer Jeopardizes Army Near Chechnya
- MAJACHKALA, Russia (EFE) - An alleged UFO has jeopardized
and eluded Russian troops near Daguestan, a republic bordering Chechnya.
- Alarms went off at 01.00 local time (22:00 hrs GMT yesterday)
and an hour later, confusion was extreme in the garrisons on the ridges
separating Dagestan from Chechnya and the war which has raged the area
north of the Caucasus for over a year and a half. At 02.00 local time (23:00
GMT) the most lucid reports began to arrive from the Magaramkent region
on the Caspian Sea regading the "unidentified flying object"
which had caused Russian forces to sound battlestations.
- Soldiers provided a detailed description of the artifact
or device they witnessed for a long time as it flew slowly eastward toward
the sea. Some garrisons noted that it was an object flying at low altitude
(some 100 meters) and had three fluorescent lights above it with 2 meter
spaces between them, according to the Russian Ministry of the Interior
in Dagestan. Several civilian witnesses agreed on the description and light
arrangement of the mysterious phenomenon, while hesitating to ascribe its
origin to a secret weapon of the Russian army or a new weapon in the hands
of Islamic separatists.
- Scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Dagestan
were cautious and stated their unwillingness to state if the object in
question was indeed a UFO or a natural optical phenomenon. Military reports,
the alarm caused by the apparent UFO and the jet fighters scrambled -too
late - in its pursuit, have renewed mistrust regarding the traditional
secrecy shown by Russian authorities in the light of such situations.
- Acting quickly to forestall any possible reprimands,
the most mistrusting military officers indicated that it could be a NATO
spy plane interested in Russian maneuvers in the Caucasus and the Caspian,
which are rich in gas and oil. Muslim leaders in Dagestan were less ambiguous
in their statements: the strange heavenly event was a portent which bore
a message from Allah himself. Even a mufti or spiritual legislator from
Dagestan showed no compuction in stating that without any doubt it was
"a djinn, an angel or other heavenly being, since God's masterpiece
is filled with them." _____
- Translation (c) 2000. Scott Corrales. Institute of Hispanic
Ufology. Special Thanks to Gloria R. Coluchi.
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